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Rebidding bridge project saves school system nearly $60K
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Warren County Schools may save tens of thousands of dollars thanks to rebidding the demolition and restoration project of the WCMS walkways.
“That’s around $60,000 less than the estimated price,” said School Board member Helen Martin of the revelation made by Allen Hill of Upland Design which is coordinating the project. “That’s a big difference.”
Upland had estimated the combination of demolishing the largest walkway (the one closest to the football field) and servicing the other two bridges would cost around $158,000. The School Board was hit with a case of sticker shock during its last meeting when learning only Tri-State had bid and its bid was $181,000. An attempt to further negotiate with Tri-State did not bring the sides to a middle ground so the job was put out for bid again.
This time out-of-state company, Midwest Maintenance won the bid, offering to do the job for $98,750.
“We double checked with them to make sure we were clear,” Hill said, acknowledging the bid was surprisingly low. “They understand what is expected of them.”
Given the low bid, members of the board turned to Hill, wondering if Midwest could do the job for that amount.
“I’m not aware of any problems with their work,” Hill said, noting Upland has done business with Midwest Maintenance in the past. “They specialize in that type of work.”
The School Board unanimously approved the bid. Director of Schools Bobby Cox will present it to the county’s Financial Management Committee for final approval.