After withdrawing preliminary approval last month of a contract with a Colorado firm for construction of a new water/sewer maintenance building due to hidden costs and an insufficient scope of work, the Maryville City Council has given the job to local builder Jeff Smith.
The large wood-framed metal structure was destroyed in August 2011 by a devastating hail storm accompanied by 80-plus mph winds. The storm did millions of dollars of damage to crops, vehicles and buildings countywide.
In October, the council gave tentative approval to a low bid from Sierra Steel Buildings of Littleton, Colo., which offered to erect a new 60-foot by 125-foot concrete-pad structure for a little more than $96,000.
However, according to Public Works Director C.E. Goodall, Sierra Steel subsequently resubmitted its quote, adding about $64,000 to the estimated construction cost.
That led the council to withdraw the contract award and start over with a new request-for-proposal.
Two firms submitted bids, Jeff Smith Contracting Co. of Maryville and King City Lumber. At $314,900, including an option for a floor-installed radiant heating system, Smith was the lowest bid by more than $55,000.
Though nearly double the second Sierra bid of $160,000, Goodall said that company's offer consisted of little more than a shell building with a concrete floor. The new contract adds a significant amount of interior carpentry and finish work deemed essential by the city.
Most of the construction cost will be covered using funds from a $259,000 settlement with the city's insurer, the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association. To make up the difference, Goodall said his department will delay the purchase of an $85,000 sanitary sewer crawler camera budgeted for the current year.
He said the camera, meant to replace an older model that has become difficult to maintain, would be of limited use until the city completes an ongoing project later next year to test the sanitary sewer system for storm water inflow and leaks.
Construction of the new building, located near the municipal solid waste transfer station on the north end of town, is to be completed sometime next summer.
In other business during its regular meeting Monday, the council:
∙ Accepted a $172,000 FEMA grant for replacement of five electrical generators to be installed at sanitary sewer lift stations and the Maryville Public Safety headquarters, which serves both the police and fire departments. A $57,500 local match was included in the city's budget for the current fiscal year.
∙ Accepted a $37,842 grant for the purchase of new IBM Toughbook computers to be installed in six patrol cars used by Maryville Public Safety police officers. The Department of Homeland Security grant is being administered by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association.
∙ Accepted a $12,100 grant from the Missouri Department of Public Safety for 11 new portable hand-held radios. Total cost of the new gear includes $3,100 in matching local funds.