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Port to file proposal request Oct. 14 on Chenoweth Creek

The Port of The Dalles is expected to publish its request for proposals on the Chenoweth Creek Subdiivision infrastructure project Monday, Oct. 14.

Development Specialist Michael Held told the commission that interested contractors will be required to attend a meeting Nov. 1, and proposals would be due Nov. 14, with a decision due around Dec. 5.

“We hope to have construction planned and completed seven months from the award date,” Held said. “We want to have it substantially completed by July 31 to the point where the actual infrastructure can be turned over to the city.”

The process was delayed a bit while the port commission considered revisions to its rules governing the award of contract to allow for a “qualification-based” bid process to assure the contractor chosen has the capability to deal with special site issues, such a large quantity of rock and debris on site, and the wetlands that will be adjacent to the sewer line.

The development has seen good progress on final utility design drawings, too, Held said.

Klaas said she has been meeting with officials at Mid-Columbia Economic Development District options to finance the project, including a loan from the state for infrastructure, a federal Economic Development Administration grant and a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“They should reduce our cash outlay by about $3 million,” Klaas said.

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