November 23, 2014

County boiler project moving forward

By Matt Keeton
Staff Writer | reporter@ogemawherald.com
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STANDISH — Arenac County is currently accepting bids from contractors for the replacement of two boilers used to heat the Arenac County Building.

According to Arenac County Commissioner Chairman Michael Snyder, a pre-bid meeting was held Thursday, July 14, in which contractors were given the opportunity to review the project.

Snyder said the deadline for bids is July 28, when the bids will be opened and reviewed by a committee consisting of himself, project engineer Linda Deyarmond of Kovacs Engineering and one other person, who has not been determined at this time.

According to Snyder, the Board of Commissioners will select the top bid at its Tuesday, Aug. 2 meeting.

“One Wednesday (Aug. 3), we announce the bid to the company who got it,” Snyder said, adding that the company will have to give an expected date of completion for the project at that time.

If the company goes over the completion date, Snyder said they will be charged a $250 per day fine for each following day until the project is finished.

Arenac County Clerk Ricky Rockwell said in May that the estimated cost for the project stands at around $107,000. Snyder said that half of the cost will be paid by the county and another half will be paid by a grant from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe.

“Half of it is coming from a grant that the (Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe) gave us a year ago,” Snyder said. “It’s a 50/50 operation.”

Snyder said that the actual cost of the project will depend on the bids received by the county.

He said that the boilers are being replaced because parts needed for repairs are simply unavailable anymore.

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