FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board is accepting bids for a snowplow contractor at six township properties — the township hall, police station, three fire stations and the senior citizens center/library.
Clerk Kim Courts said she found out recently that Fick Excavating of Swartz Creek, which has handled the job for several years, is no longer available.
Trustee Barb Vert said that last Saturday’s snowfall left a treacherous mess at the senior citizens center and no one showed up to plow until Sunday. It’s been like that for the past three snowfalls, she said.
Until a new contractor is hired, the work will be done by the DPW at the same rate that Fick charged, Courts said.
Bids for the work are due back by noon Jan. 14 and the new contractor is scheduled to be chosen at the board’s Tuesday, Jan. 21 meeting.
But all interested parties must first be available at 11 a.m. on Jan. 6 for a walkthrough at the police station on Norko Drive. The police station operates around the clock and is first on the list in the order that the properties are to be plowed, starting no later than 6 a.m.
Bids will not be accepted from companies that do not complete the walkthrough, according to the bid notice issued.
“The purpose is to allow potential bidders to fully understand the snowplowing needs of the Police Department, as it is a 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-a-week operational building,” the notice states.
The successful bidder will be responsible for plowing and salting as needed.
The bid sheet calls for price quotes for each property based on various amounts of snowfall ranging from less than two inches all the way up to blizzard conditions exceeding in which a backhoe and dump truck would be needed.
Despite the individual price quotes, one company will be selected to do all the work, Courts said.
Bid specs also include requirements for damage liability and insurance, worker’s compensation, safety provisions, a performance bond and other legalities.
Bid specifications and forms are available in the Clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the township hall, 1490 South Dye Road. For more information, call 810-600- 3212.
The term of the contract will be Jan. 22 through Dec. 31 of next year.