Tea firm awarded baler building project

By Travis Gulbrandson


The project to rebuild the baler building at the Vermillion Sanitary Landfill has been awarded to Daniels Residential Construction of Tea.

The action was taken Monday night at the Vermillion City Council’s regular meeting.

Daniels submitted the low bid of $991,600, with other bids ranging from $1,018,00 to $1,138,095.

A memo distributed to the city council members said the engineer’s estimate for the project was $850,000.

City Engineer José Domínguez said the contractor has been in business “for quite a long time,” and have previously constructed large buildings in the Sioux Falls area.

Bids for the project were opened Sept. 25, more than a month after the city failed to get a contractor the first time it opened bids.

The low bid at that time was for $1,060,000.

Nothing changed on the project but the timeline, Domínguez said, adding that it is set to be completed next year “toward the end of May.”

The building will replace the one that was damaged in a fire last October, although it will be slightly larger – 80 by 160 feet, compared to 80 by 130 feet.

Domínguez said the building will not be constructed in the same location as the old one, but rather on “the very east side” of the landfill property.

The landfill’s office and scale will remain where they are, he said.

The money used to fund the project will come from several sources.

It was announced late last month that the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved a grant for $225,000 to go toward the new building.

The grant is from the Solid Waste Management Program, which provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling and waste tire projects statewide. Revenues come from dedicated state solid waste fees that are deposited in the state Water and Environment Fund.

A further $663,788 will be provided by the city’s insurance carrier.

The remaining portion will be paid with Joint Powers funds, Domínguez said.

Last October’s fire at the landfill’s baler building led to the loss of items including the baler, conveyor and a truck.

In meetings last November, the city council replaced a wheel loader that was lost, as well as fire department gear that was damaged during the blaze.

This past June the city council approved the purchase of a new baler and conveyor for the landfill.

The cause of the fire was undetermined following inspections from five investigators.

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