The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District's board of directors has authorized Wayne Dowhower Construction of North Platte to enlarge and renovate an office and shop in Gothenburg.
Dowhower submitted the low bid of $1.98 million, Central spokesman Jeff Buettner said Monday. The maintenance shop will be expanded by 9,000-square-feet, a steel storage building will be built and the offices will be renovated and expanded. Paving and fencing will be added to the property.
The project will take two years, with work to begin this month, Buettner said.
Gothenburg Division Manager Kevin Boyd said operations, maintenance and administrative activities have outgrown the existing building, which was constructed in 1972.
Central has already made renovations to the control center of the office to comply with federal security requirements.
Central's four hydroplants as well as its supply canal and many of the canals in the irrigated area of central Nebraska are controlled from the Gothenburg office.
Also, Central’s board of directors:
• Awarded a bid to Allen Blasting & Coating of New London, Iowa for $1.54 million to apply a synthetic coating to the inner surfaces of a mile-long siphon that carries water from the supply canal to Elwood Reservoir. The lining will extend the operational life of the siphon by 20-30 years.
However, before the project will begin, a 250-foot section of the siphon that was coated with the epoxy last fall will be evaluated, Buettner said.
• Awarded a $13,000 bid to Morrow & Associates of Omaha to conduct a wage survey for 35 hourly positions. Wage surveys determine the median or average employee compensation. The surveys focus on job duties, geographic regions, employer size, and/or similar industries.
• Approved a staff request to begin advertising Central's intention to transfer water rights. The 2012 application will include 22 requests covering 977 acres, Buettner said.