Walking track takes step forward as local contractor’s bid accepted
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:29 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Work on two Union City projects should soon be getting under way.
Union City Council members met in called session Tuesday evening for a brief 15-minute meeting to award bids for the walking track at the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Park and the utility relocation project on Airport Road.
Allen Searcy Builder Contractor was the low bidder with $861,343 and an additional $39,405 for the alternate package, for a total project bid of $900,748. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will have to approve the bid.
This is the second time the project has been bid out. In January, council members learned TDOT had rejected the low bid from Josh LeFevre Construction of Humboldt because the company submitted its bid bond on its own form instead of the one provided. The council was given the option of taking the next lowest bidder or rebidding the project. The next lowest bidder at the time was Allen Searcy Builders Contractors, who bid $1,039,133 with the alternative package. The other bid of $1,118,021.55 with the alternative package came from Ford Construction Co.
The council agreed at the time to rebid the project.
Other bids submitted and opened on Tuesday included total project costs of $932,132 from Josh LeFevre Construction, $971,627.71 from Bruce Green Building Contractor and $1,035,615 from McKinney Construction. Ford Construction did not submit a bid.
If the bid is approved by TDOT, the project should begin within six weeks.
City manager Kathy Dillon said there is a total of $1,111,102 budgeted for the project, which is being paid for through an enhancement grant.
A 100 percent reimbursable U.S. Forestry Department grant for $22,000 will pay for 122 trees to be planted around the pond at the industrial park. It was made available to the city after the 2009 ice storm.
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, Ms. Dillon told the council in January. The planting of the trees should begin in a couple of weeks.
The council also awarded a bid to Marbury Construction for $95,481.50 for the utility line relocation project on Airport Road. The council learned earlier this month that the relocation would be necessary and must be completed soon.
Other bidders were Barsto Construction for $99,848, SDT Contractors for $100,426.10, Natural Gas Piping Co. for $110,033.57 and Revell Construction for $119,346.31.
City attorney Jim Glasgow Jr. opened the meeting with prayer.
Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford was absent.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.23.11