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Council rejects bids for Depot Avenue water main replacement

July 4, 2018 GMT

DIXON – The city is going to take another look at bidding out part of the Depot Avenue water main replacement project after the sole bidder came in about 75 percent higher than the estimate.

The City Council rejected a $256,395 bid from Silvis-based Miller Trucking and Excavating earlier this week for boring work and installing a water main underneath the Union Pacific railroad along Depot Avenue. The engineer’s estimate for the work was $146,425.

Public Works Director Matt Heckman said the city plans to make the project more attractive to boring companies by taking out the bit about installing water main, and they hope to get more bids and better pricing.

“We want to revise it and take another crack at it,” Heckman said.

Ten companies had the project specifications, but Miller Trucking and Excavating was the only one to make a bid. That’s likely because the work included both boring and installing pipe, Heckman said.

The council also rejected bids for buying the water main materials in hopes of getting better prices the second time around.

The engineer’s estimate was $184,866, and the low bidder would have been Water Products Co. at $186,726, but some unit prices were missing so the council couldn’t consider the proposal. The other bid was $195,101 by Core & Main.

Despite needing to re-bid the work, city crews have enough materials to start at Fifth Street and work their way south on Depot Avenue beginning July 9, the Monday after the Petunia Festival ends, Heckman said.

Work also is scheduled to begin that day to reline the Palmyra Street water main from Tile Factory Road to Fourth Avenue.

The council also approved renewing its 1-year intergovernmental agreement with the school district to have two Dixon Police Department officers as school resource officers in Dixon High School and Reagan Middle School.

The two governments split the cost of the officers 50-50.