Walking track bid rejected by state

Walking track bid rejected by state

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:53 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
The walking track and other facilities at the Northwest Tennessee Re-gional Industrial Park will not get finished as soon as hoped.
In a called meeting this morning, Union City Council members learned  that the Tennessee Department of Transpor-tation has rejected the low bid submitted for the project because of a paperwork error. The project is to be funded with a TDOT Enhancement Grant.
City manager Kathy Dillon told the council she was recently informed by TLM Engineering officials that the low bidder, Josh LeFevre Construction of Humboldt, submitted the bid bond on its own form instead of one provided by TLM. The company’s bid of $868,798 on the alternative package was accepted by the council on Dec. 21, 2010.
Other bidders were Allen Searcy Builders Contractors, $979,161 for the base bid and $1,039,133 on the alternative package; and Ford Construction Company, $1,069,196.55 for the base bid and $1,118,021.55 on the alternative package.
TDOT officials gave the city two options — take the next to the lowest bid or rebid the project.
Ms. Dillon said with the difference being more than $148,000 on the base bid and more than $170,000 on the alternative package, she would recommend the project be rebid.
“There’s no indication (TDOT) would accept the difference in the bids,” she said, adding she’s also unsure if the city would be fully responsible for the difference.
The city manager said she has asked for a two-week period to bid the project, instead of the federally-required three weeks, since the project specs have not changed.
Time is of the essence, Ms. Dillon said, because the city has been able to obtain a $22,000 tree grant from the U.S. Forestry Department. According to that grant, the trees must be planted by March 30 and, once planted, cannot be moved. The city has tried, but has been unable to get an extension on the planting date.
She said the city had hoped to have the dirt work finished on the walking track project so the trees could be planted. The only other option is to mark off where the walking track, pavilion and other facilities will be located in order to plant the trees where they will not be disturbed.
The council voted to reject all previously submitted bids and to advertise for rebids on the project.
Councilman Dianne Eskew was absent.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in  The Mesenger 1.24.11

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