Bainbridge council may OK $126K settlement in dispute over pump station

The Bainbridge Island City Council is expected to sign off on a $126,000 settlement agreement next week with Whitney Equipment Company that will end a contract dispute over the 2018 installation of a pump station near the Island Village Shopping Center.

A new “package pump station” was installed at the Village Pump Station, located at the southeast corner of the commercial complex at Hildebrand Lane, in the fall of 2018.

City officials have since raised concerns about the long-term performance of the pump station, as well as a failed crane that was included in the package.

The Village Pump Station is the second largest in the city, according to city officials, and more than a dozen pump stations feed into the Village sewer basin. The original pump station was built in the 1970s and city officials said the wet well configuration “was difficult to access and monitor due to the original design.”

The city council approved a $394,341 contract with Liden Land Development in March 2018 to remove the existing pump station and replace it with a new one, and the project was finished in October 2018.

Concerns about the equipment installed prompted a dispute between the city and Whitney Equipment Company.

Whitney Equipment Company, which provided the packaged pump station that was installed, noted it was not the firm that designed the pump station.

Both sides are expected to support the settlement agreement. As part of the move to end the dispute, the company has agreed to supply the city with a replacement Thern 5PT10 davit crane, which is needed at the pump station to raise and lower the pumps.

City officials note that under the proposed agreement, the city is only paying Whitney Equipment Company the amount that was previously approved by the city council in the original contract with the company for the purchase of the packaged pump station.

Whitney Equipment Company has already signed the settlement agreement.

The council will consider the settlement agreement at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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