When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved one bid for a construction project that was over an engineer’s estimate. But they rejected all bids for another project that also were over an engineer’s estimate.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved one bid for a construction project that was over an engineer’s estimate. But they rejected all bids for another project that also were over an engineer’s estimate.

Commissioners approved a bid from Herner Construction, St. Joseph, Missouri, in the amount of $66,000 for a project that will replace an atrium at the Leavenworth Public Library building.

An engineer’s estimate of the cost of the project was $46,500.

“All of the bids were over our engineer’s estimate,” said Mike Hooper, deputy public works director.

The city also received bids for the project in the amount of $73,000 and $98,378.

Hooper said the atrium at the library has been leaking for many years, and attempts to fix the problem have been unsuccessful.

City Manager Paul Kramer said there is sufficient funding in the city’s Capital Improvements Program to pay for the bid from Herner Construction even though it is more than the engineer’s estimate.

The CIP is a plan for funding capital projects such as road improvements, building maintenance and equipment purchases.

“It would be perfectly reasonable to move forward and accept the low bid,” Kramer said.

He said it may be possible to cut the cost of the project by about $2,000 through value engineering.

“I don’t really think $66,000 is unreasonable for this work,” Commissioner Nancy Bauder said.

Commissioner Mike Griswold said going back to the drawing board would add time to the project.

Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the bid from Herner Construction.

Kramer recommended that commissioners reject all bids for a construction project for a canopy over a fuel island area at the Municipal Service Center.

An engineer’s estimate for the project was $65,000. The bids submitted to the city ranged from $100,000 to $162,286.

Herner Construction was the company that submitted the lowest bid for this project.

Kramer said the canopy would protect employees from the elements and provide lighting.

He said the proposed canopy is more complex than one might see at a service station. He said posts for the canopy at the Municipal Service Center would have an irregular layout to avoid underground pipes and utilities.

Kramer said he believes there are options for reducing the cost of the project. He said some of the materials that were recommended for the canopy may not be necessary.

Commissioners voted unanimously to reject the bids that were submitted for the project so city officials can work with the designer to cut costs.

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