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Jasper County Tribune

Colfax water project on hold

Bids received for the project were substantially more than the estimated $2.3 million

Council members discuss after the meeting has been adjourned at the Colfax City Council meeting on Monday.
Council members discuss after the meeting has been adjourned at the Colfax City Council meeting on Monday.

The proposed water project for the City of Colfax was put on hold following the city council meeting on Monday. Bids for the project that were opened and presented to the council were found to be substantially higher than the initial estimates for the work.

“A lot of them seemed completely out of line with what we had thought they should be,” Snyder and Associates Civil Engineer Steven Klocke said.

The estimated cost of the project was about $2.3 million but Klocke said after speaking with area contractors that were bidding on the project, the prices soared due to how busy the businesses currently are in this construction season.

The council voted to reject all of the bid presented and re-bid the project at a later date. By doing so, the council is hoping to get more reasonable bids for the city.

“When we had the letting you know I was pretty vocal about the fact that these bids are way out of the park,” public works director Bob Rhone said.

Rhone said his recommendation would have been to reject them and try and go for a better bid that is closer to the amount that they wanted and estimated. At this time there is no set date for the re-bid.

The council also approved the purchase to the rights for land to use for the water main improvement project. The rights were acquired from Teen Challenge for $595 and Patrick and Jacqueline Vaughan for $180.

“There were two locations where we needed an easement ... to accommodate the project,” Klocke said.

In other business:

• The council approved bids for the Gator and 2007 Dodge Ram. The bid for the Gator was $450 and the bid for the 2007 Dodge Ram was $1,001.

• The council started discussions on the solid waste and recycling contracts that will be expiring soon.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com

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