During a special meeting Monday afternoon, the Worthington City Council approved a bid for the city’s 2021 bituminous overlay projects, despite a total contract that was significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate.
Schedule 1 of the city overlay projects includes street surfacing on Cherrywood Lane from South Crailsheim Road through the existing cul-de-sac and on Sterling Avenue from Sutherland Avenue through the cul-de-sac. The engineer’s estimate for this work was $89,641.20, and the two bids received were from OMG Midwest Inc., dab Minnesota Paving & Materials ($128,093.70) and Duininck Inc. ($150,534.00). The Minnesota Paving & Materials bid awarded by council was 43% higher than the engineer’s estimate.
Schedule 2 of the city overlay projects includes bituminous overlays on 11th Street from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue, 14th Street from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue and Milton Avenue from Clary Street to First Avenue. The engineer’s estimate for this work was $314,011.31, and the two bids received were from Minnesota Paving & Materials ($366,295.05) and Duininck ($424,043.75). The Minnesota Paving & Materials bid awarded by council was 22% higher than the engineer’s estimate.
A discussion took place during Monday’s meeting about potentially awarding a bid for just schedule one, which includes residential property being developed by Johnson Builders & Realty. Steve Johnson reported to council on Monday that all property owners, with the exception of one, within the development supported council awarding the bid despite the higher-than-anticipated cost so that work could be completed in a timely manner.
Ultimately, the council unanimously approved the award of a bid for both 2021 bituminous overlay schedules. While Councilman Chad Cummings voted in favor of the award, he contended that the project should have been bid out much earlier than it had — bids were received July 28 — as it would have increased the chances of getting more favorable bids.
In other business Monday, the council awarded a bid for the bituminous mill and overall project slated for Ryan’s Road from McMillan Street to Ray Drive. Duininck’s bid of $445,912.32 was the highest, while Minnesota Paving & Materials bid $489,866.05. The engineer’s estimate was $432,856.04.
Acting City Engineer Jeff Faragher said work on the project should be completed by Oct. 15.
In a separate matter, the approved a quote from Midwest Alarms for camera and security systems at the new field house. The quote includes one-time costs of $28,201.05 for the video security system and $17,339.29 for a door key fob.