If payment for the project is an indication, construction of the new wastewater resource reclamation facility in Charles City appears to be closing in on 75% completion.
The City Council this week approved a payment of almost $380,000 to Portzen Construction, which is building the water treatment plant just south of Charles City High School. City Engineer John Fallis informed the council that the 20th payment to Portzen brings the city’s total payout to about $13.1 million, or about three-fourths of the $17 million the city will pay total.
Fallis added that the total cost for the latest project work is around $650,000, but the city gets credit of about $270,000 off that amount due to materials previously purchased and stored for use in the work recently completed and paid for.
City Administrator Steve Diers reminded the council that the overall cost for the wastewater facility will be about $20 million when engineering fees and other miscellaneous costs are factored in. Officials are looking at completion in Spring 2022 and having the plant online by next June.