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Local company wins work from city

September 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN -The Common Council awarded nearly $75,000 worth of bids Tuesday to two Glove Cities companies for work and a vehicle earmarked for the city Fire Department.

The department needs to replace its existing fire station roof on North Perry Street, and seven sealed bids were opened Tuesday morning in advance of the council's meeting that night at City Hall.

The council accepted a $50,000 bid for the roof work from Western Contractors of Gloversville.

"It's nice to know seven [firms] bid on the project," Fire Chief Bruce Heberer told the council. He said the winning bid actually came in about $65,000 less that was originally estimated.

Heberer said Western Contractors was actually the second lowest bid, but ended up being the lowest "complete" bid. He said another bidder - MSI - bid $47,800.

However, the chief said MSI's bid was deemed "non-responsive" and "missing information," so it wasn't accepted.

He said Western Contractors indicated work to replace the fire department roof can begin within a week and be done within 30 days.

The council also accepted a low bid of $24,075 from Brown's Ford of Johnstown for purchase of a new three-quarter-ton 2012 pickup truck for the city Fire Department. Five sealed bids were submitted for the truck, which were as high as $37,908.

"Brown's ordered it in advance knowing if we didn't accept the bid they would just keep the truck," Heberer said.

City officials, including Heberer, commented that it was good to have local companies submitting low bids.

"We appreciate the council having a late look at these numbers," Mayor Sarah Slingerland added.

The council accepted a low bid of $22,936 from Empire Paving for resurfacing of city streets.

A fourth bid accepted by the council was $1,007 from Terry Ackerknecht, who is purchasing an obsolete 1994 city-owned 1994 Jeep Cherokee 4X4. His bid was the highest among three bidders.



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