FLINT TWP. — In an attempt at quality control, Fire Chief John Ringwelski recommended awarding bids to separate companies for concrete work needed at two township fire stations, during a bid review at a recent township Board of Trustees meeting.
Bids for the work were received from Freeman Brothers Construction of Linden, Zeller Excavating of Swartz Creek and Oak Construction of Flushing.
“With the (lowest bid) price being so close, “I’d like to not put all the eggs in one basket if you will,’’ Ringwelski said. “We had a cement job done at both stations and neither one of them held up. Rather than take a chance on all of it being done by one (contractor), I’d like to mix it.”
He asked that the work for station one be awarded to Freeman Brothers and for station three to Zeller.
But the Board of Trustees were not swayed by his rationale and voted unanimously to award both contracts to Zeller – the low bidder.
Zeller’s bid of $30,000 for the work at Fire Station One was $1,500 lower than Freeman’s $31,500 bid and substantially lower than Oak’s bid of $46,817.
Zeller’s bid of $28,800 for work at fire station three also beat out bids of $34,500 from Freeman and $49,824 from Oak.
Before the vote, Trustee Belenda Parker asked Ringwelski why he recommended Freeman over Zeller for Station One.
“That $1,500 is quite a bit,’’ she said, stating a preference for going with the low bidder for both contracts. If for some reason, the work is not satisfactory, township officials could pursue other options to get the contractor to correct the problem, she said.
Trustee George Menoutes agreed, saying “I don’t want to spend $31,500, if I can get it done for $30,000.”
Ringwelski said he did not know the names of the firms responsible for the faulty work done in the past.
The contract for Fire Station No.1 , 5331 Reuben Street, requires replacing the entire concrete driveway including removal of existing concrete and slab elevation. Work at Station NO. 3 at 2511 West Bristol Road, also requires concrete replacement of most of the approach to the station off Torrey Road.
In a separate bid review, the board approved a one-year heating and cooling maintenance agreement for the township Police Administrative Building on Norko Drive.
ATI Group of Flushing submitted the only bid of $7,800.
Menoutes asked why only one bid was received. Assistant township clerk Sheri Goyette said bid specs were sent to several other heating and cooling companies and ATI was the only one submitting by the deadline.
Police Chief George Sippert said the department had contracted with Goyette Mechanical since the building opened in 2004 but he approved going with the new company.
“Over the years, for a brand new building, we have spent an extraordinary amount of money for a variety of (heating and cooling) issues,” Sippert said.
“I believe (ATI) have come up with some different suggestions on how to address some of these issues that I am hoping will work.”
The board unanimously approved awarding the contract to ATI.