Comparing ‘apples to apples’

Spring Valley clarifies confusing bid

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 4:03 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 4:21 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — The Spring Valley City Council has agreed to pay an additional $2,500 for the construction of a future road to the west sewer interceptor.

At this week’s city council meeting, Spring Valley City engineer Larry Good reported the city has received written authorization from the railroad approving the construction of the road, and gave the go-ahead to move forward with the project.

During a recent walk through with the contractor hired for the project, it was discovered there was a misunderstanding with the writing in the bid contract and what the actual job would entail.

“I fear that I added a little bit to the confusion at the meeting when the award was made,” Good said. “I think I answered a question not exactly accurate with respect to what was or wasn’t included in the contract.”

The contract signed by Homer Tree Service stated the job was to do brush clearing and removal of the result of tree clearing. Homer Tree Service bid the project at $38,500.

“It didn’t require dealing with the trash at all,” Good said. “The low bid didn’t include anything other than what was spelled out.”

He mention that the other bidder, Shearer Tree Service, who bid $80,000, did include trash clearing in the bid.

“But since that wasn’t a part of what was solicited, it wasn’t an apples-to-apples comparison and was much higher than the low bid,” Good said.

The contractor at Homer Tree Service did offer a proposal of $2,500 to clean-up the trash, and offered a separate cost of $4,000 to clear out and get rid of the tires in the area.

Good said after discussing the news with Jeff Horton, who is the acting street superintendent, and Mayor Walt Marini, it was figured city employees could disposed the estimated 50 tires at a cost of around $2 to $9-per-tire.

Alderman Dan McFadden questioned whether it was worth the city employees time to handle the job, which Horton quickly confirmed his guys could do the job.

“It’s not that big of a project for us,” he said. “We could knock half of it out in one day and the other half the next day.”

Good explained the trash clearing portion of the project would be a more difficult job to tackle and suggested the council approve a change order to have Homer Tree Service clear out the trash at a cost of $2,500.

The council unanimously approved the changed order.

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