REEDSPORT — Coos Bay firm West Coast Contractors has been hired to do work on the deteriorating Elm Avenue pump station.

City Manager Jonathan Wright explained that company employees had to order pipe and that the firm bid $113,000 for the job.

By comparison, Reedsport firm Laskey Clifton bid $136,142 for the labor. Fellow company Billeter Marine in turn bid $115,208. Legacy Contracting Inc. came in with the highest at $164,021.

Wright said because winter weather is coming soon, the work needs to be done quickly.

The community's pump stations are an integral part of its levee system, which holds back any potential flood waters.

The city received a Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, grant, for part of the work.

With a bit of humor, Wright refers to the money as the "keep the pump station from falling over in the mud" grant. The stations date to the early 1970s and Wright has said over time repeatedly that parts for the stations are tough to find.

"Almost every one of the pump stations was wired by someone different," the city manager said.

This specific station work entails structural repair and plumbing but nothing for the electrical. Labor also consists of a seismic retrofit.

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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