The council tabled budget approval
The council approved a contract two years ago with Shafer, Kline and Warren to provide preliminary engineering and design of an ammonia removal and disinfection system for the lagoon.
Engineering fees are being paid through
Construction funds are not available, and council members questioned where the board would get the money.
"Then we'll determine what we're going to do, and then (decide on) financing," he said.
Lerda said much of the work may be done in-house to lower costs.
"It appears we can do all except for the electrical," he said.
Engineers "are looking at a new grant," he said, which could provide
"We're looking at eligibility requirements," he said.
If the grant requires setting rates at 2 percent of the average monthly household income, then they will not apply, because sewer rates would increase to
If required to borrow, Lerda said, the board could add
"There are all kinds of dynamics for managing (the cost) without a significant impact," Lerda said.
Lerda said the bid process has administrative costs, adding contractors would add "some cushion" to their bid. He said he has done similar work for other clients.
"If I can't save you money, I won't do it," he said.
Edwards said he would seek legal advice.
"We need to be in compliance with state law," he said.
Lerda said, "It's an offer on the table. You can take it or leave it."
He said improvements "have to happen," and the council can take the
"I'm not going to sign off on
Lerda said the budget worksheet compiled in March did not include total revenues for 2014, which will not be known until
"It's helpful to have up-to-date information when we're asked to make a decision," Edwards said,
Edwards suggested the council "red line" the
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