PERTH - Bids for the construction of the new Town Garage are in, but the lowest bid exceeded the spending limit, so town officials are debating whether to issue a new request for proposals.
The town received 13 bids by the Aug. 15 deadline, but the lowest bid was $651,527, more than the $600,000 limit approved by town voters last November.
The bids were broken down into four categories, and the town received seven bids for construction, four bids for electrical work, one for mechanical work and one for plumbing.
Having town workers do some of the work has been discussed, but the project still would exceed the spending limit, Town Supervisor Greg Fagan said Thursday.
"We're still in the $650,000 range. That's what bothers me," Fagan said.
Fagan has said in the past that even if the town does receive a bid under $600,000, he's worried about where the money would come from. He knows the town would have to borrow, but he won't know how much until a bid is formally accepted.
Councilwoman Gay Lewandowski asked if there is a way to get the additional $10,000, because it would be ridiculous to abort the process over that amount. All board members weren't entirely clear on with the bid sheets, either.
"This is a big move, and we want to know what we're doing," said Councilman Walter Kowalczyk.
Town officials agreed to hold a special meeting with members of Passero & Associates, the company that did the construction drawings and preliminary design services.
"It's not easy to understand," Fagan said. "I want to ask questions. That's why I suggested the special meeting."
Town officials will have the special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.
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