Friday, September 13, 2019

Perry Public Beach Delayed by Projected Bids, Excessive Costs

WALKER RD. PERRY NY 9/3/19 --- Bill Price of SWBR, the architectural firm in charge of the Village Improvement Project, attended the Tuesday evening Village Board meeting to provide updated information on bids for the project. Mr. Price reported that SWBR was disappointed both with the number of bids and the amount of the bids as compared with the original estimates. 

PERRY PUBLIC BEACH IS ACCESSIBLE
FROM WALKER ROAD
Of particular concern were the electric and plumbing bids which came in "very high," according to Mr. Price. A few of the bidding companies responded to Mr. Price's contacting them, in an effort to understand the difference between the estimates and their companies' higher bids. Price was told that some of the features selected for the project such as a water fountain and bathroom fixtures were more costly. In addition, they were very busy at this time of the year. 

M. Syberg of the Perry Herald reported that "SWBR received just one bid for electrical work (which was five times the estimate). Four bids for plumbing were received of which two were exponentially high and two were more reasonable."

Contractors told Price that they might have better luck if SWBR put the job back out for bids in the winter when the companies aren't as busy. The other alternative would be to "value engineer" the project in order to bring down the costs. The board approved intent to award the bid to the contracting firm Camco, contingent upon reduced costs.

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