long and often contentious attempt to replace Kodiak’s aging police station and
jail encountered another hurdle recently. The city’s deadline to submit bids on
the construction project was October 10th. But when city officials
went to open the bids, there was only one, from Alutiiq Management Services.
City Manager Linda
Freed informed the city council of the situation at last night’s (Tuesday’s)
work session. Freed said Alutiiq’s bid also came with the stipulation that
their bid price--15.5 million dollars--was only good if they could have an
additional four months to do the project.
Freed, who was out
of town for the bid opening, said there were two other companies that sent
representatives to the bid opening with sealed bids that they ultimately
decided to withhold. She said based on conversations that she had with those
and other construction firms, the sticking point seems to be the desire to have
extra time to do the project.
1 :48s “…extra four months on the end.”)
recommendation to the city council was to re-bid the project, giving companies
an extra four months with which to complete it.
2 :44s “…more competitive opportunity.”)
The city council
agreed that the police station project should be re-bid. Councilman Tom Walters
said because Alutiiq’s bid was outside of the original specifications that the
city asked for, he wanted to give the other firms equal opportunity.
3 :23s “…didn’t fall within the
Walters also asked
Freed if the city had enough to pay for the project. Her answer was yes, as
long as the project stays around 16-million dollars and doesn’t go unreasonably
higher. However, she added that the city might have to dip into its fund
balance to cover any contingency costs. Walters said he’s been concerned about
the price of the building all along, but was willing to go along with that.
4 :25s “…don’t raise taxes, then I’m satisfied.”)
The new plan is to
solicit bids for the new police station, which will be opened in mid-December.
The construction contract will then be awarded in January.
The city is still
planning to proceed with the project without building the jail portion at
first. Contractors will still tell the city how much they think it will cost to
build the jail, but the city will seek funding from the State of Alaska to
finish that aspect of the building at a later date.