OMI loses city's waste water treatment contract

OMI is out.

The Augusta Commission voted 8-2 today, commissioners Jerry Brigham and Don Grantham opposed, to award the contract for J.B. Messerly Waste­water Treat­ment Plant operations to Duluth, Ga.-based ESG Operations, Inc.

The contract is for a price not to exceed $5.3 million in the first year.

The move ousts current operator Operations Management International, a division of the city's water consultant CH2M Hill. OMI has operated the plant for the past decade and has been credited with alleviating the city's troubles with the state Environmental Protection Division.

To no avail, a representative of CH2M Hill/OMI petitioned the commission to allow the job to be re-bid, saying the company encountered irregularities and wasn't treated fairly. The company is already formally protesting the bid process.

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