LANCASTER - A sewer line project for Price Court will not proceed until next spring because the city wants to re-bid the work after two bids came in too high for the City Council to accept.
"The bids are about $20,000 to $25,000 (too) high," Kevin Howard of Summit Engineering told the council after he and Millard Rose, interim utility manager, studied the bids from Todd Johnson Contracting of Danville and Southern Backhoe Inc. of Campbellsville. Todd Johnson submitted a bid of $121,671 and Southern Backhoe bid $103,562.
After City Clerk Shari Lane opened and read the two bids during Monday night's meeting, the council tentatively approved Southern Backhoe's bid pending further study. Howard and Rose left the council room to study the bids then returned moments later and told the council they should re-bid the work in late winter for a March start date.
"I believe you will save money if you wait to bid in February," said Howard. He said companies probably upped their bids because they felt the city wanted the project finished within 60 days and would not have time to re-bid it this year. Howard said earlier in the meeting that because asphalt plants close in mid-November, only six weeks of working weather remain this year.