City grants Wilson tentative bid approval
Negotiations between the city of Basehor and Wilson Plumbing continued Tuesday, Jan. 28, as the Kansas City-based company was awarded tentative approval to build the Kansas Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor line.
The sewer interceptor line, a project deemed vital to the city's long-term growth, will run from a lift station on 163rd Street to the Basehor Wastewater Treatment Facility and connect with developments south of the highway along County Road 2.
The line will also connect with developments east along the highway.
The bid awarded to Wilson is contingent upon the two sides agreeing on the project's costs, city officials said.
"I want to know up front what this project is going to cost," City Council member Joe Odle said.
"I'm looking at what it's going to cost the taxpayers of this community to maintain it three, four, five years down the line," he added.
Bidding for the project began months ago, but awarding the bid has been delayed: the bid was originally awarded to Miles Excavating but the offer was rescinded in December.
There has been a degree of uncertainty throughout the bid process as city officials, bidding companies and project engineers have debated over specifications for the interceptor line.
City superintendent Gene Myracle said there was a "lack of communication throughout the correct departments" during the bid process.
"I wish it would have gone a different route from the get go," he added.
Under consideration by the City Council Tuesday night were different options regarding the interceptor line bid. One option discussed and favored by some city officials was to re-bid the project.
"My position is I would like to have an extension on time for the City Council, (myself) and the engineers to re-bid the whole project," Myracle said.
"It should be something the whole city is comfortable with and right now, I'm not," he added.
However, City Council president Julian Espinoza said discussions with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), which is paying for part of the project, indicated that re-bidding the project isn't an option and that Wilson should receive approval.
"These are the guidelines given to us, that's what we need to do," Espinoza said.
City Council member Burl Gratny agreed that the bid should be awarded to Wilson.
"I feel that's what we need to do," Gratny said. "Re-bidding the job is not a fair deal at all."
Talks between the two sides are expected to begin immediately.