By Travis Gulbrandson
The Vermillion City Council moved to rebid the project to construct a replacement baler building for the landfill at its regular meeting Monday night.
Under the option the council approved, awarding and rebidding the project will take place around October, with construction happening next year.
City Engineer José Domínguez said this will allow the project to be bid on by more companies, and that the new schedule will attract lower bids.
At the city council meeting held Aug. 5, Domínguez said the city and its insurance carrier agreed on a replacement cost of $663,788 for a new baler building to replace the one that was destroyed in a fire at the Vermillion Sanitary Landfill on Oct. 22, 2012.
The low bid was from Peska Construction of Sioux Falls, for the amount of $1,060,000.
The engineer’s estimate was for $850,000.
“After several discussions with the low bidder it was estimated that the city would only be able to reduce the original low bid by about $50,000,” Domínguez said Monday night. “They would have to eliminate four unit heaters, what I call the ‘insides’ of the annex building and reducing the fire alarm addressable points from what the original product called out in the specifications.”
Those items would have to be added at a later date, probably at a higher cost, Domínguez said.
The project was not budgeted for in 2013, as the fire had not yet occurred at that time.
In addition to the insurance money, the city and Yankton County will join to fund $133,503 of the project.
Up to $200,000 in additional funds may also be covered by a grant from the South Dakota Department of Energy and Natural Resources.
The council voted to submit the grant application at its Aug. 5 meeting.
Last October’s fire at the landfill’s baler building led to the loss of items including the baler, conveyor and a truck.
In meetings last November, the city council replaced a wheel loader that was lost, as well as fire department gear that was damaged during the blaze.
This past June the city council approved the purchase of a new baler and conveyor for the landfill.
The cause of the fire was undetermined following inspections from five investigators.