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Bids come in over estimate on maintenance-shed project

Mar 05, 2014

By MEGAN COOPER

Mt. Pleasant News

Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss is hopeful he will have a contractor chosen soon for the maintenance-shed project he has been working on.

“Next week, hopefully, I will have a decision to present to you,” said Hotchkiss to the Henry County Board of Supervisor during Tuesday morning’s meeting. “We had a lot of contractors bid on the project, eight of them to be exact, great to see competition.”

According to Hotchkiss, bids came in a little more than expected. His original estimate was for $151,000.

“It appears the bids are over the original estimate and with these bids, we can tell what the market is,” said Hotchkiss. “I’m confident I can evaluate these bids and come to a decision for next Wednesday (March 12). Some of these bids are really close.”

The supervisors will meet Wednesday because the board will be gone on Tuesday (March 11) to a Veteran Affairs District meeting in Iowa City and Thursday to Friday (March 13 to 14) for the ISAC Spring School of Instruction in Des Moines.

The engineer would like to see the project to be completed by Sept. 5, 2014.

Bids, as the engineer said, came in from eight different contractors. These contractors and their bids are listed as follows (each one offers alternate options that may or may not be chosen depending on price):

B&B Construction of Morning Sun – base bid of $148,670.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $24,572.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $8,242.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $3,398.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – negative $7,200.

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $177,682.

Total project price without cost savings alternative – $184,882.

Eastern Iowa Building of Fairfax – base bid of $134,800.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $19,810.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $5,200.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $1,543.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $161,353.

Eicher Design Building L.L.C. of Washington – base bid of $166,453.30.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $25,892.25.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $9,026.35.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $5,785.65.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $207,157.55.

JDMI Contracting of West Point – based bid of $189,283.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $19,850.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $7,950.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $2,250.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $219,333.

SG Construction of Burlington – based bid of $198,719.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $23,755

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $9,026.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $8,165.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $239,665.

TD’s Carpentry of Mt. Pleasant – base bid of $127,000.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $20,665.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $7,849.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $2,403.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $157,917.

W-3 Construction of Washington – based bid of $141,998.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $24,782.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $9,235.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $2,355.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – $0

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $178,370.

Weiler Builders of Bloomfield – base bid of $188,000.

Alternate one – concrete approaches – $25,600.

Alternate two – radiant heating tubes – $8,200.

Alternate three – 1.5-inch foam insulation stub wall – $3,500.

Alternate four – cost savings alternative proposed – negative $38,000.

Total project price with cost savings alternative – $187,300.

Total project price without cost savings alternative – $225,300.

The engineer will be presenting his choice during a Wednesday meeting; due to the fact the supervisors will not be here for meetings on Tuesday and Thursday next week.

After discussing the bids, the engineer gave his weekly update.

“We did some brush-cutting, and we fixed some of the spots on the gravel roads that needed it. We then prepared the trucks for the snow last weekend and did what we could to clean that up,” said Hotchkiss.

During the meeting, the engineer also set the dust control dates. Applications to vendors are due by May 1, then they must be submitted the engineer’s office by May 2 and May 12 will be the earliest day for dust control, unless a permit is obtained or it is deemed necessary to start before May 12, said Hotchkiss.

The board approved the dust control dates.

In other news, the Henry County Board of Supervisors are now the owners of the solid waste site that has taken almost three years to obtain.

“We have signed the last bit of paperwork and sent it off to GSA, it’s ours,” said board chairman Marc Lindeen. “We can finally take that off the agenda. It’s been since October 2011, a long process.”

The supervisors, during the meeting, approved the following resolutions:

• A resolution to designate Highway 78 as Jay N “Ding” Darling Memorial Highway.

• A resolution to hire Jennifer Lehman as a full-time employee. She will be the new victim/witness coordinator and paralegal for the county attorney’s office.

The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet again in regular session on Thursday, March 6, at 9 a.m. in the board room at the courthouse.

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