WOODSFIELD – A project to renovate the former Safe Auto Insurance Co. building will be re-offered after initial bids were received with a large price swing.
On the recommendation of Swiss Valley Associates, an engineering firm contracted to assist the Monroe County Board of Commissioners with the project, the commissioners decided to re-bid the project for a second time in hopes of making additional proposals whose price is closer. range to estimate. Commissioner Mick Schumacher said the decision to reject the bids was due to the large price difference and missing documents from one of the bidders.
“The one (the contractor with the lowest bid) didn’t have a bid bond and it wasn’t a full bid, so we’re just going to re-bid it,” he said, adding that the bid bond was missing. the insurance package that covers the contractor if he does not comply with the tender contract.
Last week, the council received two bids for the project – one was close to the $75,000 estimate and the other was more than three times that amount. The first offer was from Johnson Construction of Beallsville for $74,600; the second bid came from Graham Construction of Claysville, Pennsylvania, for $239,690.
It was recommended at Monday’s board meeting that the county renew the project. Schumacher said Drew Eberle of Swiss Valley Associates plans to contact any contractors who have already attended a pre-bid meeting to alert them to the rebid of the project. He said the new offers will be opened at the commissioners’ meeting on February 14.
Project works include the refurbishment of an existing rest room in the former Safe Auto building, the construction of a new storage area and the installation of new sanitary, plumbing and electrical for kitchen equipment. When complete, the space will be used as a new site for the Monroe County Senior Services Program.
Schumacher said the project would be further delayed now that he had to bid again. The start date for the renovation is not yet known, but will likely be determined once a contractor has been appointed.
In other areas, commissioners approved a new contact representative for county emergency management services. The EMS has nominated Randy Williams for the position, while Phil Keevert, director of the county’s emergency management agency, will act as the county’s representative.
“The EMS has a consultant and we have a consultant,” Schumacher said, adding that representatives are keeping communications open between the two entities.
The Monroe County Courthouse will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Council will then meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room inside the courthouse.