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Piping project to be bid out


At the regular Sidney City Council meeting last week, Sidney City Manager Ed Sadler brought to council a potential price for the new piping project that needs to be done along highway link L17J.

The project was brought to light after the water distribution pipeline project was finished along Ft. Sidney road and Pole Creek Crossing. The previous contractor informed the City Manager additional pipes would also need replaced along L17J near Old Post road.

The old pipe system was unable to create the water pressure needed to properly function and was not up to date for fire department usage in case of a fire.

Sadler received a contract from Midlands Contracting for the upcoming project earlier this month. Sadler said “the deal was too good not to report to Council and try to get it approved.”

Midlands was also in charge of completing the pipeline project along Ft. Sidney Road and Pole Creek Crossing, which was done at the cost of $640,300 and was significantly less than the engineering estimate of $957,000. Midlands bidding price for the previous pipeline project was 15 percent lower than the next lowest bidder.

Keith Neinhueser, a local construction business owner stood and expressed he felt it was unfair to automatically give the job to an outside company when there are plenty of local businesses that would like to potentially put in a bid for the job.

City Council Board Member Chris Gay expressed concerns that he was unable to see what the break down in price looked like, which made it unclear to him whether the deal offered from Midlands was a good deal or not.

Sadler says if Council members do not approve the current deal offered by Midlands they run the risk of the price for the project to go up. Sadler also states that this is the only major project he is recommending for 2017.

Due to not being able to see break down in project costs the City Council Board members ultimately voted against approving the pipeline deal with Midlands and agreed to offer the project our for bids to anyone interested.


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