Water tower bids higher than expected

The bids for the water tower project in Ogden have come back $78,000 more than expected, it was announced at the April 5 board meeting.

The project, which is being funded by a  $200,000 capital grant from the State of Illinois, would include painting and sandblasting the interior and exterior of the existing water tower.  

The lowest bid was for $238,000 from Tecorp Inc. in Joliet.

Engineer Don Wauthier of Berns and Clancy said the difference in price was due to an unknown insurance requirement which requires painting companies who are painting towers within 50 feet of road ways or buildings to use a "tent" to completely enclose the paint tank as to prevent damage to adjacent property.

"No one knew about this requirement," Wauthier said.

Wauthier said the requirement meant some smaller painting companies could not bid for the project because they do not have the correct equipment.

Wauthier said the village could accept the low bid, rebid the project or look for ways to lower the price.
"You could rebid but you won't get much better bids," he said. "If this is the requirement it is the requirement."


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