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Water upgrades OK'd

The Sunnyside City Council last night decided to approve two of three resolutions regarding Pacific Groundwater Group and HDR Engineering's work on the city's water supply.

Members of the firms attended the March 5 city council workshop to explain the problems with the project, including a delay of more than three years, and argue their point of view. The vote in yesterday's meeting was the result of the information presented at that workshop.

The first resolution was a request from the firms to the city to make up the difference in labor costs caused by delays in the project. The council voted the resolution down 6-0, as allowance for differences in labor costs was not part of the original contract.

The second resolution adds another well to the project because the first well did not deliver adequate water. This resolution was passed 6-0 by the council.

The final resolution allows the firms to perform additional work on an evaluation plan and report on the possibility of retrofitting existing city buildings to treat the city's water. This resolution was also passed by a vote of 6-0 after the amount requested in the resolution was decreased from $7,142 to $2,000.

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