The Gering City Council has approved a contract with Anderson-Shaw for the second phase of the Downtown Plaza project, despite a price tag that is $200,000 above the engineers estimate.
Council members voted 6 to 2 Monday night to approve an amended contract in the amount of just over $924,000, with Phillip Holliday and Ben Backus voting against.
During discussion of the contract, Holliday expressed concerns about previous work by a subcontractor of Anderson Shaw, however was told the one issue involving steps and Oregon Trail Ballpark was resolved with no cost to the city.
While several council members expressed disappointment with the bid process, there was also concern about a looming state deadline for the $350,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the project. The panel was told they could reopen the bid process, but the state had expressly informed city staff there would not be an extension for the return of required completion documents for the project.
The deduct bringing the project cost down from the Anderson-Shaw’s low bid of nearly $957,000 was removal of the lighted bollards from the project. City staff said they would continuing conversations with the contractor in an effort to find more cost savings as the project progresses. $1 million had been budgeted for the project at the beginning of the process.