City of Willmar awards bid for sanitary sewer extension project for Epitopix

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— The sanitary sewer extension project for Epitopix was awarded to Landwehr Construction at the June 6 meeting of the Willmar City Council.

Epitopix requested the extension of Willmar's municipal utilities to serve its property located on 45th Street Northwest, allowing for the veterinary vaccine production facility to complete a large expansion of the business.

The city received eight bids for the project, all of which came in under the city engineer's estimated cost of approximately $1.86 million. Landwehr's bid was approximately $1.36 million,or $501,334 less than the city engineer's estimated cost, according to Jared Voge, city engineer with Bolton & Menk.

The sewer extension is being paid for almost entirely by a $1.3 million Innovative Business Development Public Infrastructure grant from the state. The cost of the water main and stormwater extension will be funded through bonding, city wastewater funds and from Epitopix.

The extension of city municipal services to Epitopix is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.