Plano aldermen postponed action on accepting a separate bid for construction of the Lathrop Park splash pad project at the city council's Sept. 25 meeting.
Two bids were received that were within $300 of each other, council members learned.
Copenhaver Construction’s bid was $224,770 compared to the other firm’s bid of $225,000.
Because there were more questions on the bids and the project, council members postponed action on the recommendation to accept the Copenhaver bid. The issue could be back on the agenda for action at the Oct. 10 council meeting.
Bids had been received at an earlier council meeting, but the lowest bid was $266,000, so the scope of the project was changed to reduce the cost on recommendation of Joseph A. Regis of Robert E. Hamilton Consulting Engineers for the work.
When the original bids were submitted, the city only received bids from one firm, Copenhaver.
According to Regis, the council included a reduction in the scope of work on a rain garden and Hamilton requested that the city seek new bids on the project in hopes of getting lower bids from more firms.
When the new bids came in, two firms submitted proposals: Copenhaver with its $224,770 bid and one other firm with a bid of $225,000.
Aldermen expressed concerns that this would delay work on the project, but Regis said the original completion date of Dec. 31 had been extended to April 30, so he said postponing action on the project would not delay its completion.
Regis said in a memo to the council that after the bid is awarded, they will ask aldermen for a change order that would delete the remainder of the rain garden work, worth around $16,000, lowering the final project cost to $208,770.
In other business, on recommendation of Josh Beyer, water superintendent, council members waived competitive bidding on the Prairie Street water main project.
They concurred with Beyer’s recommendation to hire John P. McGinnis as consultant for the project at a fee of $14,720.
The also approved spending up to $22,280 for materials and other expenses on the project.
Work is expected to begin on Oct. 16 and be done by the end of the month, Beyer said.