Granby officials make allowance for local asphalt bidder
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
Granby Town Board members last week awarded the Jasper Avenue paving project to Acord Asphalt of Granby, whose bid was $21,000, or about 3.3 percent higher, than the lowest bid.
Acord’s bid came in at $650,673 to pave Jasper from Zero to Fourth streets, which includes rebuilding the drive area, curbs, gutters and sidewalks on each side.
Out of four qualifying bids submitted to the town, Acord’s fell second to the highest bid.
Because of budget considerations, town officials had reduced the scope of what originally was a $1.35 million project by decreasing the width of concrete sidewalks from 10 feet to 4 feet, as well as eliminating lighting and a design with bulb-out curbs near stop signs to narrow the street’s intersections.
Overall, the total project cost was reduced to an estimated $700,000 including engineering and required materials testing, according to Town Manager Wally Baird.
The project has been a budget consideration since 2002.
Town consultant engineer David Kotz of Schmueser Gordon Meyer Inc. recommended the lowest bid in a June 2 memo to town trustees.
But at last Tuesday’s Granby town board meeting, trustees took the chance to interview two companies present and opted to choose Acord with apparent regard for the company’s history of work in Granby and for its local address.
According to the town’s purchasing policies, “shopping locally is encouraged whenever it is reasonable to do so,” but the town’s policies do not specify a percentage or dollar amount.
“The board really is trying to be conscientious of supporting locals right now,” said Mayor Jynnifer Pierro last Wednesday.
A Kremmling company that submitted a bid did not have representatives at Tuesday’s meeting.
The lowest-bidding company has corporate offices in Summit County, but works out of a Granby area gravel pit, has completed various local projects, and “could argue they are local,” according to Kotz. The highest bidder has a Loveland address.
“It was a little bit more money,” Pierro said of the board’s choice to go with Acord, “but I think the board felt that amount of money was well spent keeping Grand County people employed.”
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail email@example.com.
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