7/22/2014 2:10:00 PM West Concord City Council
City forced to accept second lowest bid
By Nan Babcock
West Concord's City Council accepted the second lowest bid for their West Main Street reconstruction project at their July 17 meeting.
Council members had to annul the lowest bid from Crystal Clear Services Corp. of Rochester when that company was unable to secure bonding for the project. Crystal Clear is a relatively new company, and owner Matt Dohrmann retracted the bid when he realized he would not meet the deadline for providing the bonding documents. Crystal Clear's bid was $531,023.97, which was higher than the official estimated cost. The second bid, from R.A.W. Construction of Faribault, is $556,805.08. R.A.W's project manager, Jon Winjum, indicated the company would be willing to take on the project, but would need the completion date delayed for 30 days, since they would be starting the project that much later.
City Engineer Joe Palen said this is the second instance in two years where he's seen a construction company have problems getting bonded. "I think it has to do with the financial conditions of our times," he said. Several established construction companies have gone out of business, and when new ones start up, both banks and bonding companies are subjecting them to closer scrutiny than they would have in the past.
Council member Karen Peterson informed the council about plans for National Night Out, scheduled for August 5. "It's an opportunity for people to get out and get acquainted with their neighbors," she explained. The philosophy behind National Night Out is that it's good for people to know their neighbors, and the people in neighborhoods watch out for each other. This year's activities include a picnic supper at Memorial Park by the swimming pool, a free swim, and live music. West Concord's police officers will be on hand for a chance to visit with residents. Later in the evening will be a movie on the wall of a downtown building, with more details to be announced later.
City council member Ryan Fay shared information on building an addition to the city maintenance shop or putting up an additional garage. "In light of the activities of the last month, (vandalism to the police car parked outside the city shop), I decided to get a couple of quotes," he said.
The quote from Ron Meyer Construction was for an addition to the existing shop with a total of $13,939, and the quote from Flicek Lumber Company was for a free-standing garage with a total of $18,749. Neither bid includes a floor or electricity. Those could be budgeted for next year, Ryan said.
"We need to get the bids adjusted so we have bids on the same thing," Mayor Jeff McCool remarked. Council member Al Gilbert suggested they go back to both builders and have both bid on stand-alone and attached garages.