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COUNCIL DECIDES ON NORTHWEST ENGINEERING 1-21-15 LMS

The Salmon City Council has accepted a recommendation from a special selection committee and has chosen the firm of Northwest Engineering Services to proceed with submission of an estimate on the cost of engineering and designing an Island Park access bridge replacement.

According to a report by Councilman Rob Jackson the selection committee recommended Northwest Services over two other firms: Forsgren Engineering Associates Inc. and Butler Engineering Group.

The City Council had appointed the committee to evaluate bridge building proposals. The committee included City Councilmen Russ Chinske and Rob Jackson as well as City Planning and Zoning Commission member Richard Pape, City Parks Superintendent Charles Cockrell and City/County Building Inspector Gary Goodman. The committee used a ‘best value criteria’ to rate each of the three firms. The criterion had been approved by Councilman Jim Baker after being developed by Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise and Engineer Steve Frazee.

The values deemed most important to evaluate included professional experience, personnel, project approach, fish passage and project oversight as key consideration points.

Jackson reported to the City Council at its January 21 meeting that based on the rating system given the committee Northwest had received 355 points compared to 306 points for Forsgren and 305 for Butler.

The next step will be for the city and Northwest to negotiate and approve a final engineering and design contract price. If no agreement can be reached on the price the city will look to the next firm on the list which would be Forsgren.

A motion was made and unanimously passed to start negotiations with Northwest Engineering Services on the contract price.


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