Lift station bid approved by trustees

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Trustees are moving forward with a Benton Township lift station replacement project introduced Tuesday.

Three bids were received to replace the lift station on Broadway. Trustees chose the lowest bid of $248,000 from Balkema Excavating.

The other bids were from B&Z Co. for $285,000 and from Southwest Transport Co. for $317,000.

Superintendent Elden Piontek said money for these sewer replacements would come from the township’s sewer fund.

“We sold some bonds, and the other projects came in under budget,” Piontek said. “We were pleased to be able to get to some of these lift stations, that are very old, replaced.”

He said the township is waiting on easements before getting more bids for another lift station project on Crystal Avenue.

Public Works Supervisor Andrew Jordan said the reason the township is replacing the Crystal Avenue and Broadway lift stations are because of their age. As two of the original pumps from the 1960s, Jordan said the bottom of the pumps are worn out.

Jordan said the lift stations are important because if they were to not function properly, the sewer would back up into residential basements.

Other agenda items

The board unanimously approved a resolution to place an airport millage renewal proposal on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. The levy is 0.1 mill.

The proposed 10-year renewal would go toward maintaining and updating the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport. The levy would cost $10 a year for a $200,000 home. The millage was first levied in 2006.

If approved in August by all jurisdictions, the levy would raise about $41,400 in its first year.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on April 6, 2016)


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