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Story last updated at 9:10 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Water-sewer bids exceed estimate

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer

Six complete bids were opened Tuesday for the city of Homer's Kachemak Drive Water and Sewer Improvements project. All of them exceed the city engineer's estimate of $3,244,812. Less than $500 separates the two lowest bids.

With Melissa Jacobsen, deputy city clerk, and Jo Earls, accounting technician, looking on, Public Works Director Carey Meyer announced receipt of complete bids from:

• Herndon Construction, Homer: $3,533,004.74;

• Twin Peaks, Anchor Point: $3,533,488;

• Trenchless Construction, Arlington, Wash.: $3,714,624;

• North Star Paving and Construction, Soldotna: $3,719,875;

• Central Environmental Inc., Anchorage: $4,794,043;

• Construction Unlimited, Anchorage: $4,829,689.

"The city is able to award a contract if it's not more than 15 percent of the engineer's estimate and not more than 15 percent more than what property owners approve," Meyer told the Homer News. "Final decision is made by the city council."

That means the bids could not exceed $3,731,533.80 to be within 15 percent of the engineer's estimate. Kachemak Drive property owners have not completed a process to determine the amount they would approve. The deadline on that process is June 24.

Following Tuesday's bid opening, Meyer and his staff were to review each bid.

"We'll take the bids back to Public Works this afternoon and check the math," he said. "We'll double check the math to make sure everything's good and have some direction for the apparent low bidder in the next few days."

A neighborhood meeting on the project will be held at City Hall from 5-6 p.m. May 26.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.