Newman saves on sewer plant work

Newman will pay less than 25 percent of an estimate for sewer plant improvements because of competition from contractors who are desperate for work, saving the city nearly $2 million.

A city engineer figured the value at $2.56 million about 18 months ago, near a peak for such projects, said Public Works Director Garner Reynolds.

Fourteen recent proposals ranged from Raminha Construction's winning bid of $595,000 to $1.3 million, with several near the lower end.

City Council members this week approved the contract unanimously.