Archive for Thursday, September 28, 2006

City approves pool demolition contract

September 28, 2006

The Eudora city pool will soon be a pile of rubble.

After working through two issues Monday, the Eudora City Council authorized the project's only bidder, Cohorst Enterprises Inc. to demolish the city's current pool for $49,850. The demolition will make way for a new aquatic center and recreation complex with a projected opening date of summer 2007.

"We feel this is a good number to do the work that's specified," project architect Jay Zimmerscheid of BG Consultants said.

Before authorizing the deal, the council had to waive a pre-bid meeting requirement with Cohorst.

"That's not abnormal for things like that one to be waived by council," Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said.

The city also had to settle a liability issue with roads.

Bids mentioned at the bid opening featured funds that included a budget for road repair, Zimmerscheid said.

"If the roads were damaged as part of a demolition package and we needed to put those roads back, the number you can imagine just grows astronomically," Zimmerscheid said.

Because of road liability, a project engineer suggested a bid range between $60,000 to $190,000.

"It's a multi-faceted item in that you wind up in the colder part of the year and street work as far asphalt isn't as readily available," Zimmerscheid said.

Eudora Councilman Kevin Miller asked Zimmerscheid why the city received only one bid.

Originally there were four companies interested in bidding, Zimmerscheid said.

The other bidders realized they would be better suited to new construction as opposed to demolition, he said.

"This is not their arena to compete real heavily in," Zimmerscheid said.

Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle said he didn't see a real issue with the trucks between 14th and 15th streets.

"It's been quite a good street all these years," Pyle said.

His property is located near the area, he said.

"I don't anticipate they would have a lot of trouble with that particular road, just carrying stuff off," Pyle said.

A similar view entered into the final bid price, Zimmerscheid said.

"That is the anticipation of the low bidder; he does not anticipate any problems," Zimmerscheid said.

Cohorst didn't include any money in the bid for problems if they should arise, Zimmerscheid said.

Jeremy Cohorst, owner of Cohorst Enterprises, attended the meeting and explained his reasoning.

If he's on a public road and carrying a legal load, it shouldn't be his responsibility, Cohorst said.

"It's anybody's street," Cohorst said.

Cohorst should still have some liability, Councilman Dan Gregg said.

"I don't have any problem's accepting it if somehow it's understood if he exceeds the legal road limits and he's

damaged the roads he's liable," Gregg said.

The city would have partial responsibility in keeping the roads unharmed, Beatty said.

"We really have to lay into the contractors involved and remind them that these are public streets we're protecting and we don't want to damage them," Beatty said.

Still, Cohorst told the council he didn't think it would be much of an issue.

"As far as demolition goes, it's generally hard to overload a demolition truck," Cohorst said.

The council approved the bid unanimously.

"Almost ready to go to work," Pyle said.

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