By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
The Chewelah School District (CSD) has put site prep work on the new track project back out to bid after the first round of bidding resulted in only one offer that was much higher than the project estimate.
Landscape Inc. was the only bidder who responded to the initial round for the site-prep work the district hoped to have started this football season. The bid from Landscape Inc. was $1.125 million for the work that would have fully prepped the track site for the application of the new track surface. CSD Superintendent Rick Linehan said the single bid was more than five percent over project estimates and state rules require the district to put the project out to bid again.
“Our original project estimate was $733,000 for this portion of the work. Because the bid we received was more than five percent above estimates, there are state WACs that mean we need to put it out for bid again,” Linehan said.
The lack of bidding companies of the project can be partially attributed to an upswing in the construction market, Linehan noted.
“Some companies that we thought would bid already have jobs,” he said. “Right now most construction companies are already working.”
Linehan said the new bid process should open on Sept. 20, giving the district plenty of time to approve a new bid.
“We are still planning on starting by Oct. 20, but we have made the completion deadline a little more flexible, perhaps completing around the end of August or September of next year to help draw more bidders to the process,” Linehan said.