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Agreement reached to repair steam heat lines

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Negotiations over who will repair steam heat lines between the waste-to-energy center and RCTC have kept the project at a stand still. On Tuesday, the Olmsted County Board reached an agreement with the company that installed the lines to get construction going.

The project involves steam heat lines that are part of the Green Pipes project. They were installed in 2009 to deliver heat from the waste-to-energy facility to RCTC to heat the buildings.

The lines were damaged after heavy rain in 2010 and the county board has been in negotiations with HiMEC, the company that originally installed the lines, over who would fix the issues.

Now. HiMEC has agreed to extend the warranty on the lines for an additional year and take care of the repairs that need to be completed by this winter.

"We want to make sure that everything that was prescribed for or that was done was covered appropriately," said Paul Wilson, Olmsted County Commissioner. "So this is going to give us that time and I think it's fair to both parties that was offered certainly by HiMEC as part of moving forward with the settlement."

Commissioners had started the process of getting quotes from other contractors to accelerate the process if the two sides could not reach a deal.

Wilson said the work should be completed by October.

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