Council accepts high bid for experienceSuperior’s City Council approved a bid for oversight of the $2.6 million expansion of the municipal landfill.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Superior’s City Council approved a bid for oversight of the $2.6 million expansion of the municipal landfill.
The bid was awarded to SEH Inc., the company that designed the expansion.
It was one of two bids received and the only bid from a company with experience constructing landfills in Wisconsin, one of the city’s requirements.
Still, with a price tag nearly $69,000 more than the other bid, the proposal by SEH Inc., prompted questions from the city council.
“There is quite a disparity in the prices and I was wondering why you chose the high bidder,” said Councilor Bob Browne.
“The difference between the two bidders we have here is we asked for experience with building landfills in Wisconsin,” Public Works Director Jeff Goetzman said. “The other bidder doesn’t have any Wisconsin experience and they’re offices are actually in … Colorado and California.”
Goetzman said SEH has worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the past, and has the experience the city was seeking.
“I have some reservations hiring someone who doesn’t have experience working with the Wisconsin DNR,” Goetzman said.
After all, the city is pressed to finish the project in a timely fashion or risk running out of space.
“We have basically this construction season to finish this,” Goetzman said.
“I just want to make sure you feel the $168,000 is a fair price,” Councilor Tom Fennessey said.
Fennessey said he found it odd that only two bidders put forth proposals after the city sought proposals from 300 firms.
Goetzman said the field is somewhat specialized and most firms don’t do it, but oversight for the second phase of cell construction is actually 10 percent less than it cost for the first phase.
He said one factor between the two bids the council should consider is the basis on which the fees for service were calculated. While SEH based its proposal on 10-hour work days, the other firm, Geo-Logic Associates, based its bid on 8-hour work days.