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Lafayette council opts not to rebid trail project

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 3:16 pm in Lafayette.

The Lafayette City Council decided last night not to send the Murray Lane Trail project for another round of bidding and instead awarded a construction contract to the next-lowest bidder.

City officials asked the council to rebid the project after the “original” lowest bidder had to back out because it could not obtain financing for the project.

The difference isn’t insignificant. The “new” lowest bidder, Grade Tech, Inc., came in with price if $309,778. That’s $100,000 more than the original lowest bidder, Ameca Engineering. But the project is still under the city engineer’s estimate of $330,000, which is why the council opted not to rebid, said City Manager Steven Falk.

Engineering Services Director Tony Coe said the city will hammer out the final details of the contract with Grade Tech and construction should begin shortly thereafter.

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2 Responses to “Lafayette council opts not to rebid trail project”

  1. whocaresisay Says:

    Sounds to me like someone bailing out because he realizes he missed something REALLY big (more than 30% below the next bidder)?? What – no bid bond?

  2. Jonathan Says:

    Hey Whocaresisay –

    I asked Tony Coe a variation of that same question: Was the original bid unrealistic? He assured me that both the contractor and the city checked the numbers and the city had no reason to doubt that Ameca could do the job for that amount.

    On your second point, the bid bond is 10 percent of the bid amount, about $20,000. The staff recommendation was, if the council chose to rebid the project, it would not be worth the cost of trying to collect on that original bid bond. Since the council decided just to award the contract to the next lowest bidder, they’ll use that $20,000 to make up a bit of the difference between the two bidders.

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