Archive for Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Basehor to re-bid 24/40 highway sewer project

April 2, 2003

In November, the city of Basehor let a bid for construction of its long-planned Kansas Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor line project.

Five months later, city officials are poised to re-bid the project.

The Basehor City Council approved re-bidding the project during a work session Thursday, March 27.

The City Council rejected an offer from Wilson Plumbing and decided to re-bid the project entirely.

The interceptor project will run from the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility to the highway and connect with developments south of the highway, along County Road 2.

The line will also run east along the highway to 150th Street and connect with developments.

The bid process for the interceptor line project has been an area of controversy in recent months. It has been called into question by residents several times during city meetings.

The project was originally awarded to Miles Excavating, a Basehor company. Out of the 13 companies bidding on the project, city officials chose Miles for the line's construction.

Miles Excavating submitted the eighth lowest cost for the interceptor line, approximately $1.1 million.

A month later, the City Council rescinded the bid offer because of Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations, city officials said.

Wilson Plumbing, a Kansas City-based construction company, which submitted the lowest cost for the project at approximately $849,000, was later awarded "tentative" bid approval, pending an agreement between city officials and the company on project change orders.

During its monthly meeting last week, the City Council voted to reject Wilson's latest change order proposal, meaning the company would have to take the job at its original price if it wanted to keep it.

The final bids for the project will have to be approved by the council.

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