Facilities at Denison’s Paw Paw Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon be getting an upgrade after the City Council voted Monday to award a construction contract for a new office and laboratory at the site.
From its creation in the late 1950s until the early 1990s, the facility was served only by a single, 200-square-foot office building. Over the years, a single-wide trailer home and two portable buildings have been added to the site and act as the current offices and other facilities for plant staff.
“We are getting something much longer lasting and getting (staff) all in the same building,” Public Works Director David Howerton said.
The new facility will be a pre-engineered, 2,016-square-foot metal building with room for operations, offices, and a laboratory, said Howerton. The facility will feature a masonry wainscot on the exterior, which Howerton said he expects will ensure that the facility will remain usable for at least 50 years.
“We have to give employees the opportunity for proper office space,” City Manager Robert Hanna said.
Moore Contracting of Pottsboro submitted the lowest, and winning, bid for the project, totalling $133,603 for the construction and other work on the new facility. This is below the $150,000 that was budgeted for the project, said Mayor Jared Johnson.
The project will be financed through water and sewer utility funds available in this year’s budget. The project comes after $6 million in updates and upgrades to the plant in 2013. This includes remodelling of the facility’s aeration building and new equipment throughout the plant. Howerton said that new blowers at the plant are expected to save the city $200,000 annually.
“I feel this is a very prudent investment,” said Howerton.
The two portable buildings are still functional and will be re-purposed by the city, said Howerton. One will remain at the site for additional storage, restroom facilities, and other uses, said Howerton. The trailer is expected to be retired from use.
“It has seen its best day a long time ago,” said Howerton.
Howerton said that the manufacturer estimates that construction would take about 90 days to complete, but said the company current has high demand for its products.
“If there is a delay in getting the building packaged, it may take a little longer than that,” said Howerton.