Gage County Officials Pick Highest of Two Bids, For Railroad Crossing Work

BEATRICE –  The Gage County Board has selected the higher of two bids to complete Hickory Road railroad crossing work, because the lowest bidder failed to meet a construction deadline included in the specifications.

The Board approved the bid of R.L Tiemann Construction, at a cost of $80,659.  The vote was 5-0, with Supervisor Erich Tiemann abstaining from the vote.  He is an owner in the company.

Pavers, Inc. of Waverly had submitted the low price of $65,868 but listed a start date of October 29th and completion date of November 16th.    Supervisor Terry Jurgens said the time frame is important, because of the harvest season.

:16                  “the anhydrous side”

County officials said bid specifications called for an August 31st completion date. The crossing is located on West Hickory Road, near the Koch Fertilizer plant…and the project involves completing concrete along the tracks.

Supervisor Gary Lytle said construction during anhydrous hauling would greatly affect traffic to and from the Koch Fertilizer plant.

:16                  “not a good time frame”

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris said the start and completion dates can also factor into how many companies submit a bid on a project.  In this case, the county received two.

:22                  “finishing project”

The concrete work has a 30-day construction period.

The county board also accepted bids today for concrete slab bridge materials for a structure county crews will install near Wymore.  The bid of Midwest Sales and Service, of Schuyler was selected, for $89,694.  It was the lowest of two bids submitted.

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