Pipeline move bids under estimate

By From page A3 | July 12, 2013

Bids to move a pipeline came in under the engineer’s estimate, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District learned Tuesday.

Three bids ranged from a low of $62,661 from RSC General Engineering to the high bid of $118,350. The next lowest bid — not listed on the backup material presented to the Board of Directors — was about $78,000, said Interim General Manager Kelly Shively.

The engineer’s estimate for the waterline relocation on Highway 193 at Catbird Hill Lane was $140,000.

Shively had just returned from vacation and hadn’t had time to analyze the bids. He recommended the board authorize him to award the bid to the “lowest responsible bidder.”

“I’m telling you we’ve been behind the 8-ball,” Shively said.

“You went on vacation. Shouldn’t you have had somebody analyze the bid?” asked audience member Pat Snelling.

“I think Kelly’s done a great job. I think he’s qualified to pick the lowest responsible bidder,” said Board President Bonnie McLane.

“We’ve known about this for a year,” she later said.

“One board member and a member of the public went down (to Caltrans) and had a meeting. When you sent an engineer then it was resolved,” said Ed Grout from the audience.

“I agree with Ed that it was delayed by members of the board. I would like to move the manager choose the most responsible bidder,” said Director Norm Krizl.

That motion passed 5-0. The project must be completed by July 31.

Michael Raffety

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