With two of its five members absent, the Levee District 3 board during its October 7 meeting tabled a decision to award a bid for upgrading the computer system in the Urban Design Levee pump house.
District board President Vern Bauman and board members Carl Wehner and Tom Okenfuss expressed reluctance to make the decision without input from fellow members Robert Eck or Phil Eydmann, as well as more of the pump station technicians.
“Let’s make sure we get a full house here,” Okenfuss said, in making the motion to table it until the November 4 meeting. “I’m all in favor of this; I know we need to update. But I’m with Carl, too. I’d like some input from Phil and Robert and have us a full house.”
Part of the reason for the hesitation was the price of the project. Both bids were well over $80,000.
Another complication was that the two firms, Vandevanter Engineering of Fenton and Mid States Energy of Ste. Genevieve, did not offer identical packages.
See complete story in the October 16 edition of the Herald.