Eight contractors submitted bids for the project. Kelchner Inc. of Springboro submitted the lowest and best bid of $5.97 million, which was 9 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate and 5 percent lower than the next bidder, according to a staff report prepared by City Engineer Rob Nicolls.
Bids on the project ranged in price from $5.97 million to $8.88 million.
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City officials said the project will be funded by $3.77 million in OKI and Ohio Public Works Commission grants; $1.5 million from the city’s water capital reserve fund; and $700,000 from the city’s storm sewer capital fund. The local funds were included in the city’s 2017 Capital Improvement Budget.
Council heard the first reading of the ordinance to award the contract at its meeting last week and is expected to approve it at its April 4 meeting.