From the Dayton Daily News:
TIPP CITY— A low bid nearly 35 percent under the engineer’s estimate to build a Kyle Park bike path left at least one council member seeking reassurance the bid was for real. They are doing it awfully cheap,” Councilman George Lovett said Monday, March 2.
The $108,461 bid was submitted by Coate Construction of nearby West Milton for the trail section with a $165,858 engineer’s construction cost estimate. City Engineer Scott Vagedes said the trail project is a reflection of the times. “It is a good time to bid projects,” he said. The project drew 17 bidders, which Vagedes said “is unheard of.”
Bids ranged from the $108,461 to $153,332. Two other bids were for less than $115,000. “They are comfortable with it,” Vagedes said of the bid and his talks with Coate representatives. The company wants to get started April 1, he said.
The city received a $150,000 or 80-percent project grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. With the bid, the grant project cost is listed as $86,768. The city’s 20 percent share from the parks capital improvement fund is $21,692, down from the estimated $37,500.
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