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WASTEWATER BID AWARDED 12-5-12 LMS

The Salmon City Council has awarded the wastewater system upgrade project to Dick Anderson Construction Company of Bozeman, Montana. Andersonís bid, including all alternatives, was $2,974,327. The bid came in under the originally estimated cost of $3.3 million and was one of 12 bids submitted for the project.

The councilís December 5 unanimous vote of approval came after a detailed summary of all the bids received which was presented by James Mullen of Keller and Associates. The bids had been opened earlier that day.

Mullen said the number of contractors interested in the project was unusually high and were very consistent with eight of them being within12 percent of Andersonís bid. He said that indicated the contractors from throughout the Intermountain West did a lot of work on their offers.

According to Mullen, Keller and Associates had reviewed all bidder qualifications and found Anderson to be a large company with three offices, a good reputation and a successful history in building wastewater systems. He said the company has an unlimited license to work on municipal systems within the state of Idaho. Mullen commented it is not often a company has an unlimited license.

Included in the Ďalternativeí items was a second mechanical headworks screen which was at first thought to be overkill but when the bid came in at $59,000 for what if separately purchased would cost around $200,000 it was decided to include it. The other alternative additions are a generator for back-up in the event of a power failure and a spare conduit to the filter building.

Subcontractors listed in the Anderson bid include Rayís Plumbing and Heating of Salmon for the projectís plumbing, Nu Mechanical of Boise for heating and ventilation and Challenger Companies of Nampa, Idaho for the electrical work.

The bid award is subject to approval from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Department of Commerce since both are involved in funding for the wastewater system upgrades. Following that, Anderson Construction will be asked to sign an official contract with the city then a preconstruction meeting will be held and a notice to proceed will be issued. It is hoped all steps will be accomplished by the end of January. The company will then have 300 days to complete the project.


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