Ag park infrastructure reported under budget

Large projects to provide water to the ag industrial park have reached completion under budget.

The infrastructure improvements which will serve the park, known as Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, are on track to cost $1 million less than budgeted, Michael Washburn of McClure Engineering told the Fort Dodge City Council Monday.

The council accepted statements of substantial completion for three projects at the regular Monday meeting. They were high-service pumps and stand-by generators at the water treatment plant, booster pumps at the ag park and wastewater treatment equipment at the park.

“I’m very happy to report to the council tonight the substantial completion of these three projects, all of which are very important to serving the ag park with water and sewer,” Washburn said.

“These three projects totalled about $12 million, of the total $38.7 million project. The original budget was $39.8 million, so we’re projecting to be almost $1.2 million under the original budget. That’s quite an accomplishment for a project of this scope and complexity.”

A few contracts remain to be closed before the project will be fully complete.

The city has been working with CJ Bio America and Cargill since 2011 to supply the water and wastewater needs to the park.