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Glenwood City Council: No change to local preference rule

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs City Council voted down a proposed amendment to the local preference rule regarding the bidding process for the new wastewater treatment facility.

According to Mayor Bruce Christensen the city council decided that it was too far along in the bid process to change the local preference rule.

“We were not able to actually change the city’s ordinance with regards to the local preference given the timing and that the bids are already out,” Christensen said.



However, Christensen maintained that the city is clear in the bid documents that it will consider the use of local contractors as defined by city code in selecting a contractor for the project.

“We are confident that the bidders will recognize the city’s desire to provide the local contractor with the opportunity to be involved in the project,” Christensen said.



Mark Gould, President and CEO of Glenwood based Gould Construction asked council to consider a proposal which would create an incentive for pre-qualified contractors to use local sub-contractors in the wastewater treatment plant bidding process.

Gould’s original proposal would have awarded the contract based on a point system where 90 percent of the score is based on cost, and 10 percent would have been based on the contractor’s use of local subcontractors. Gould updated his proposal to include a $250,000 or 2.5 percent incentive cap for the city.

However, with the project already out to bid, council concluded that it was too far along in the process to change it now.

“Had we been aware of it or given any thought to this six months earlier, we could have a more specific guideline in the bid document,” Christensen said.

Bids from the seven pre-qualified contractors for the estimated $35 million wastewater treatment plant project are due back to the city by Oct. 23, with a notice of award anticipated for mid-November.

While the city has encouraged local contractors to submit bids to the general contractors, Gould’s argument has been that “encouraging” contractors to use local workers is not an incentive.

Glenwood Springs does have a local preference ordinance referring to subcontractors based in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties.

The city received 19 applications from interested contractors from around the nation, and several from within Colorado. Ultimately, the city selected the top seven applicants to be included in the bid process; five of which are based in Colorado, one from Phoenix, Ariz., and one from Sumner, Wash.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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