Scappoose airport

The last step before beginning a project to replace the septic system with a sewer system at Scappoose Industrial Airpark has been completed.

The Port of Columbia County passed a resolution to approve a fourth amendment to the WHPacific Task Order 7 for the water and sewer extension project on Wednesday, April 24.

The amendment, which outlines the work to be done on the downstream portion of the sewer project, involves a partnership between the City of Scappoose and the Port of Columbia County, both of which will split the cost of engineering services of the project, with each entity contributing $10,000, for a total project cost of $20,000.

The amendment is the fourth added to Task Order 7, signed June 15, 2018, which engaged WHPacific, Inc., the Engineer of Record at Scappoose Industrial Airpark, for design, engineering and project management services for a water and sewer extension project at the airpark.

The amendment comes after an April 10 port meeting where port commissioners approved an award for the same project. During that meeting, Craig Allison, Property and Operations Manager as well as Deputy Executive Director for the port, explained to port commissioners what the project entails.

Amendment four outlines the engineering contract which enables the port to hire the existing airport firm, WHPacific to do the extra inspection and engineering support for the downstream portion of the sewer project, which is the part the port is partnering with the city of Scappoose on, Allison said by phone interview on Tuesday.

“This [amendment] has to do with the post design phase, supervision, inspection, stuff that will happen on our behalf and on the city’s behalf during the course of the project,” Allison said.

Previously, there were three amendments added to Task Order 7, which all approved different design work for the sanitary sewer line replacement.

The entire project replaces the existing septic system, something that the port decided to do in order to make way for future businesses coming to the area, according to Allison. Allison said by phone interview that over the years, commercial properties have developed around the Scappoose Airpark, and they have been using septic systems, something Allison said he knew would further stress the system as more businesses came in.

“We didn’t want to build another septic system, and I was just determined to get sewer in there before. It made sense to upgrade the infrastructure,” Allison said.

At the April 24 port meeting, port treasurer, Patrick Trapp said he attended a recent Scappoose City Council meeting where he heard city councilors praising the collaborative efforts of both the port and city.

“City reps were touting that this was a great example of the port and the city working together to get this done,” Trapp said.

According to Allison, the general contract for the project has been approved by Tapani, the construction company slated to do the work for the project, and was signed by Doug Hayes, Port Director, on Tuesday, April 30.

The fourth amendment will be the last amendment added to Task Order 7, and construction for the sanitary sewer line replacement at Scappoose Industrial Airpark is ready to begin.

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