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Stewart City Council pleased with bids for street, utility project

The Stewart City Council was pleased Monday night to learn that bids for the street and utility improvement project had come in much lower than anticipated.
Engineer Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk said the city had received six bids, the lowest coming from LaTour Construction, Inc., of Maple Lake, in the amount of $2.72 million, which was 9 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $2.93 million.
The proposed project includes work on Powers, Croyden, Grove, Bowman, Mowbray, East, Herbert and South streets.
Kehren did note that because the bid came in so low, the city may not received the full grant that it had been awarded. He reminded the council that the project had originally been proposed in 2016, but was postponed because the Legislature had failed to approve a bonding bill, which would have included any grant money that would have been available to the city.
When the city decided to re-bid the project, Kehren said, “We built in an inflationary factor, but the bids actually came in lower than the first round.”
Kehren said the next step is to have an assessment hearing, which was set for the city’s regular meeting on May 14. After that hearing, Kehren said, the city could award the bid. The city is proposing 2 percent interest on the assessments with a 15-year payoff period.
For more from the Stewart City Council meeting, see the April 11 print edition of The Chronicle.