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City investing more in sewer plant

The Cairo city council authorized the investment of $221,000 for an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant in southwest Cairo Monday night.
A new bar screen for the sewer plant is needed, according to city officials, because the current bar screen and grinder are at the “end of their useful life.”
A bar screen, according to Cairo’s city manager Chris Addleton, “is intended to remove all of the trash and debris that comes into the plant so that it does not impact other functions of the treatment process.”
Because the current screen is failing, debris is able to enter into the disk filter pump and cause the pump to fail.
The city received two bids for the project, the low bid from Schmidt Environmental of Auburn, Ala., and one for $254,800 from Popco Construction of Sylvester.
Based on the recommendation of consulting engineer Michael Bledsoe of The Engineering Group, the city manager urged the council to accept the low bid.
The contractor will have 180 days for final completion. The city manager said the actual work on site would only take about three weeks, and the remainder of the time would be for the construction of the equipment.
The purchase of the new bar screen will be funded with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds.

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