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School board rejects bus barn bids

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 10:33 a.m. CDT

Rejection hurts.

Creston School Board rejected all bids at a special meeting Wednesday for both site work and building construction of a bus barn.

“Obviously, we’re doing our best to turn these around as best we can,” said Steve McDermott, Creston superintendent. “We’re going to be trying to get this thing moving.”

The bus barn and its location has been voted on several times since it was destroyed by a tornado in April 2012.

Site work

“I know we’ve got to get the dirt work done before anything else,” said McDermott.

Bids for site work came in from KM King of Burlington at $308,486 and Edge Commercial of Grimes at $305,233.

“Of these two bids, one was incomplete as it came in, in format, so it has to be rejected automatically,” McDermott said. “The other is well beyond our budgeted projection. We nearly had a third bid that was much more reasonable, but timing was a concern, so they did not go ahead and submit a bid.”

Creston School Board voted unanimously to reject the dirt work bids because the original expected cost was set at approximately $230,000.

Creston School District published a public notice for site work in the Creston News Advertiser Friday, and the deadline for submitting bids is Oct. 22.

Building construction

The first round of bids received for construction of the pre-engineered metal building were from Breiholz Construction of Des Moines at $442,473 and Cleary Building Company of Verona, Wis., at $480,000.

“The original building package projection was $280,000,” said Roy Stroud, Creston business manager. “But, we also have included in these several things that we were going to handle differently before.”

One example of something the board decided to do differently was add block walls to the bus barn. That would add approximately $50,000 to the total projection, bumping it up to $330,000.

“We seemed to have two problems. One of them was a lack of bidders,” Stroud said. “We really only have one competitive bid. The Cleary bid did not meet specifications at all.”

Creston School Board voted unanimously to reject the construction bids, citing increased cost and a dislike of a submitted building plan as reasons of the rejection.

Creston School District will publish a public notice for building construction in the Creston News Advertiser Tuesday, and the deadline for submitting bids is Oct. 28.

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