Phase Two of Water Reclamation Facility Project Approved

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/20/22

Pat Hughes, a project manager with the City of Yelm, presented a public works contract regarding phase two of the water reclamation facility (WRF) project to the Yelm City Council on Tuesday, Sept. …

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Phase Two of Water Reclamation Facility Project Approved

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Pat Hughes, a project manager with the City of Yelm, presented a public works contract regarding phase two of the water reclamation facility (WRF) project to the Yelm City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

According to Hughes, solicitation for construction bids were sent out in early July and received by Aug. 18. There were four different bids for the project and Stellar J Corporation from Woodland was selected for the contract.

The contract presented to the council totaled $32,998,602 for phase two of the project.

Cody Colt, the City of Yelm’s Public Works director, said that construction is tentatively set to begin during the first week of December.

“The bids came in actually very, very tight which is encouraging for me knowing there’s a lot of competition out there,” Hughes said during the city council meeting. “It’s a large project. This particular project is just under $33 million, perhaps one of the largest contracts the city has ever seen.”

The project was financed with a low interest loan through the Department of Ecology, as well as a grant from the Department of Commerce. Hughes said the low interest loan would fully finance the “liquid stream” portion of the project, which represents 84% of phase two.

Hughes added the grant from the Department of Commerce will finance the facility’s new “biodryer,” which helps repurpose sludge, or the bacteria and leftover material separated from reclaimed water, at the facility.



Yelm City Councilmember Brian Hess asked Hughes if the project would increase rates for residents. Hughes confirmed that would not be the case and stated rates won’t change.

The council authorized Mayor Joe DePinto to sign the public works contract with Stellar J Corporation.

At the meeting, Hughes also discussed two amendments made to the professional services agreement with Parametrix, a construction management organization.

Hughes said Parametrix did the design for the project and will manage it. Their duties include managing construction contracts, contractors and the worksite.

According to Hughes, the new amendments would be split into two for liquid streamside and solids portions. He asked for approval of amendment number four in the amount of $2,556,188.77 for the liquid streamside, which is financed through the low interest loan.

He also asked for approval of amendment number five in the amount of $473,529.74 for the professional services agreement with Parametrix Incorporated. Hughes said the primary function of a construction management company is to ensure the project will get completed in a timely manner.

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