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Bids come in on LID

As members of the Manchester Community Council continue working with the Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine to house the MCC, the Manchester Community Association, the Manchester Historical Society and the Manchester Crime Prevention and Public Safety Group under one nonprofit umbrella, the MCC’s Sewer Committee is continuing its efforts to facilitate the construction of LID No. 8 — albeit at a higher cost than expected.

LID No. 8 affects 32 properties along Manchester’s Miracle Mile.

Committee Chair Ron Rada reported at Tuesday’s MCC meeting that bids have been received on LID No. 8 and they are slightly higher thank expected, resulting in a cost of approximately $23,000 per property rather than the $18,000 per parcel cost originally estimated.

Rada said work on the project is now expected to commence late this summer.

A public meeting will be held on LID No. 9, the newest sewer extension district facilitated by members of the MCC, next month.

Kitsap County has organized a meeting for the affected property owners on June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Long Lake Community Center.

The county will also send a letter to those property owners who are no longer in consideration for inclusion in LID No. 9 advising them of the change.

Formerly including properties on both sides of Colchester, LID No. 9 now includes only those properties on the east, or water-side, of Manchester’s main arterial.

According to Rada, pending approval from the Kitsap County commissioners, LID No. 9 will be constructed using a low-pressure pump system that will reduce the homeowner’s cost from in excess of $30,000 to approximately $16,600.

“It’s called a low-pressure pump system,” said Barry Loveless, who replaced Rick Gagnon as a senior program manager for the Kitsap County Public Works Wastewater Division.

“Rather than a gravity side-sewer,” Loveless said, “each house would have a small pump that would pump sewage into a force main that would carry it to a high point,” where it could connect to the existing sewer system.

According to Loveless, the low-pressure pump system is currently used in other part of the county on an individual basis, on properties that are below the sewer line.

“The main reason it’s less expensive is it eliminates the need to build one large pump station and it’s able to be buried more shallow,” Loveless said.

The MCC will meet again on June 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Manchester Library.

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