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Project Bids A Good Surprise For CCR-1 Board

Project Bids A Good Surprise For CCR-1 Board

By Mike Scott

“We got some great bids. We were excited when we were opening them,” said Clark County R-1 School Superintendent Ritchie Kracht. “We have the chance to get significantly more done than we expected.”
The CCR-1 School board reviewed bids on several construction projects utilizing part of the $4 million bond voters approved last April. Under consideration at the Thursday, August 12 meeting were five projects: Running Fox site drainage and wastewater treatment facilities, Black Hawk and Running Fox Air Conditioning, door and lock replacement in all four buildings, Black Hawk and Middle School site drainage, bus access lane at Black Hawk, and site lighting, and finally, High School site drainage, paving and lighting.
Only one bid was received for the Running Fox Drainage and wastewater facilities. Cannon General Contractors of Troy, Missouri, bid $109,995 for the projects. The district’s estimate was $105,250. The board accepted Cannon’s bid with a 7-0 vote.
Cannon was also the successful low bidder on the Running Fox and Black Hawk Air Conditioning project, bidding $164,995. TH&N Electric bid $169,240,and Midwest Mechanical’s bid was $235,000. The district’s estimate was $428,950.
“This was significantly less than we expected. Both schools are already wired and ready to go,” said Kracht.
The door and lock replacement project was considered next. Many doors in the buildings are original, and some have warped preventing them from closing correctly. Another concern is that none of the doors are able to be locked from the inside, which would improve safely in the event of an intruder into the schools. The district’s estimate was $164,800 to replace the doors and hardware. Doors, Inc, of Davenport, Iowa was the low bidder at $61,000, and MidStates Door and Hardware of Quincy bid $61,550. The board accepted the Doors Inc. bid.
Next under consideration was the Black Hawk and Middle School site drainage, new bus lane and site lighting project, which had requested a base bid as well as alternates. Bid A consisted of constructing a new asphalt bus access road north of Black Hawk, storm sewer and drainage structures, concrete sidewalks, dumpster pad, handicapped parking, lighting, grading, seeding and other improvements.
Alternate bid A-1 was the same, except the new bus lane would also be concrete.
Two bidders presented dramatically different bids. Cannon Contractors’ bid for A-1 was $295,300, and Bleigh Construction bid $485,099. In both cases, the cost of concrete versus asphalt was only slightly higher.
“We can fix this and fix it right,” said Kracht. “We save a significant amount on the other projects.’
The board also accepted alternate A-2, which would build an asphalt parking lot south of the existing driveway. Bleigh Construction was the low bidder for that project, bidding $39,570, while Cannon’s bid was $58,400.
Bid A-3 was also considered. This plan would mill and overlay the existing driveway and west parking lot with asphalt. Cannon’s low bid of $15,700 was accepted. Bleigh’s bid for that project was $82,160.
The board tabled the final project bid under consideration. The High School site drainage, pavement and site lighting project had a base bid and five alternates. Just before Thursday’s meeting, Cannon General Contractors told Kracht that they could not honor two of their alternate bids because of “errors”. Cannon’s bids for each project alternate were considerably less than Bleigh Construction’s bids.
Kracht asked board members for time to “review their options” before proceeding on any bid action. The bids are good for 30 days.

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