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City accepts bid for water tower repainting project

This draft design by Ryan Stigman of Perham shows what the water tower will look like once complete. FOCUS file photo

The bids are in for the south side water tower repainting project, and they came in much lower than expected.

If all goes as planned, Perham will have a black-and-yellow Yellowjackets-themed tower by next fall.

Original estimates had put the recoating, which includes the interior of the bowl as well as the entire exterior of the water tower, at $250,000. The low bid came in at $133,000.

Low bidder Champion Coatings, out of Savage, Minn., was awarded the contract by city councilors at a meeting on Monday. The company beat out five other bids, which ranged from nearly $200,000 down to the second lowest bid of about $150,000.

City Engineer Jade Berube recommended going with Champion Coatings, which he said has completed several similar projects around the Midwest in recent years, including three water towers in Iowa and one in East Grand Forks last year.

“I was pleasantly surprised” at how low the bids were, said Berube.

The city had asked for two bids from each bidder – one for a basic black-and-yellow design that has the Perham name on it, and another for a more detailed design that includes a Yellowjackets logo.

Champion bid out the more detailed design at just $3,000 more than the basic. The detailed design was the one approved by councilors Monday.

Berube said the recoating should start by mid-July and, according to the contract, must be complete by the end of August.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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