Sidney water tower

Sidney water tower

(Sidney) -- "Boots on the ground" continue to work on Sidney's massive water infrastructure renovation project.

Sidney's City Council heard an update on the project at Monday night's regular board meeting. Sidney Mayor Paul Hutt tells KMA News work connected to the underground main portion of the project is underway. Now, the city awaits USDA approval of two other parts of the project--construction of new water wells and a new water treatment plant.

"All of the engineering is final," said Hutt. "Sights have been secured. Basically, everything we need to do preliminary work-wise to lay the foundation for this project to start. We're just waiting on the final sign-off on the water treatment plant, and well site part of the project."

Hutt says a bidletting for those projects won't take place until late August at the earliest.

"That timeline is pushed back to where we're probably looking late fall now," he said, "just do to all the other circumstances that are out of our control now. If we can get in late fall, and get some ground broke before weather turns bad, that could be our best scenario right now."

Council members approved a pay request of more than $47,300 with Crain Construction associated with the water project.