Corrected math = awarded bid

A math error that prompted a delay in the awarding of a series of bridge construction projects was corrected as the Wayne County Commissioners went ahead with the awarding of a contract Tuesday.
Bids for four bridge projects in the county were opened at the board’s June 7 meeting, but an error was discovered on one of the bid documents by county road supervisor Mark Casey that prompted the county to delay awarding the contract.
Originally, B’s Enterprises of Norfolk was thought to have the low bid of $115,955.64, but after discovering an error in the bid amount submitted by Contech Engineered Solutions out of Lincoln, the board tabled the awarding of the bid until it could determine which numbers on the Contech bid were correct.
Casey told the board that, after confirming that the unit prices in the bid were corrected and the numbers were verified, Contech’s bid of $115,840.23 wound up being about $115 less than the bid submitted by B’s Enterprises.
“Is it common practice to do the math (on the bid form) and correct it?” board chair Randy Larson, who was absent from the June 7 board meeting, asked Casey.
“For a small one like this . . . we don’t feel bad about checking the math and making sure everything is right,” Casey said.
Board members expressed concern that the delay in awarding the contract because of the math issue will hold up construction of the projects.
“This delay has held us up two weeks already,” board member Jim Rabe said. Board member Dean Urbach agreed, adding his concerns about the schedule and stressing that the county’s traditional construction time frame is during the summer months.
Contech representative Dick Ludwig, who attended Tuesday’s meeting, told the board they would modify their delivery schedule to match the county’s expectations.
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