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Plans for an access road near the Spring Valley wastewater treatment plant will cost more than expected.
In March, aldermen passed, by split decision, a plan originated by former mayor Cliff Banks to improve the city’s plant and sewers. Banks broke the tie which allowed the city to spend $300,000 on the project, including $19,000 to pay local contractors to do ground work for an access road to the west interceptor, so it could be inspected and cleaned.
At Monday’s meeting, city engineer Larry Good said the city received three bids for the road work June 15. The lowest bid of $19,980 was from Kirkman Excavating in Ladd, but Good said the company was unable to meet certain compliances for the responsible bidders act. Kirkman was unable to show it was a member of an apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Good said the owner of Kirkman had reached out to him and said he was trying to apply for the apprenticeship. City attorney Jim Andreoni said Kirkman needed to have all the materials necessary at time of bids.
“I don’t think you can say I met all but one requirement at the time I submit the bid and now I’m the low bidder I’ll get the one that isn’t met,” said Andreoni.
Good suggested the city award the bid to the second lowest bidder, J.W. Ossola Construction Co., Granville for $22,480. In the middle of the vote to approve the second lowest bid, alderman Dan McFadden questioned how the prices were calculated. He said he was concerned about going over the original price estimates of $19,000.
“I thought there was only so much money in there and so much hours,” said McFadden. “How was it bid?”
Good said the bid had two parts with a lump sum item for road preparation and a unit based price for leveling and shaping at a certain number of hours.
“So the bidding done was totally different than when we started talking about it?” asked McFadden.
Good said the unit price for Kirkman was $130 an hour and Ossola was $160.
“And that’s where most of the difference is between the low bid and the next bid,” Good said.
McFadden approved the bid and it passed unanimously.
Most of the $300,000 went to buy a backhoe, camera equipment and Vactor truck for the city. City employees would then do inspections and cleaning of sewer lines, thus saving the city money. Superintendent of public works John Schultz said the city had received the equipment and began cleaning some of the sewers over the spring months.
Alicia LeGrand-Riniker can be reached at (815) 220-6931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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