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Ottawa paying more for street work

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2010

Paperwork issues by a low bidder have the city of Ottawa paying $42,000 more than they would have if the low bidder met state requirements.

The city council Tuesday night awarded an asphalt contract for city streets to Advanced Asphalt after the low bidder, UC Paving was found to be de-certified by the state at the time bids were open.  Despite the option of rebidding and giving UC Paving a chance to get recertified, the council decided to accept the $632,000 bid of Advanced Asphalt.  Their bid is 42 thousand dollars more than UC Paving and $28,000 more than the engineer’s estimate.

Streets Commissioner Dale Baxter was uneasy waiting to rebid saying the bid prices could go up and they could upset Advanced Asphalt by giving a competitor a second chance.  There was also concern that delaying the asphalt work would push the job into the winter.

The city is using $350,000 in Motor Fuel Tax to pay for some of the project.  The rest of the money comes out of the Street Department budget.

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