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Bid process flawed, but airport roof fix to proceed

Jun 12, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The city advertised for bids on fixing the roof, but the bid packages contained different warranty terms -- one for 15 years and one for 20 years.

The City of Riverton will proceed with a roof repair at Riverton Regional Airport despite an acknowledged error in the bidding process.

Public services director Bill Urbigkit apologized to Riverton City Council members June 5 for a mistake he made on a bid award for the Airport Terminal Roof Rehabilitation project.

The city advertised for bids on fixing the leaky roof, but the bid packages contained different warranty terms -- one for 15 years and one for 20 years.

"After much consternation and inner hanging with myself, all I can say is I just messed this bid up," Urbigkit said. "I apologize for making the mistake, but in the issue of fairness, I think the project should be rebid."

Councilman Richard Gard disagreed and suggested awarding the bid to the lowest bidder, Big Horn Roofing for a 15-year warranty in the amount of $74,710.

"We just went through the whole Department of Criminal Investigation ordeal with having to rebid for that project, and here we go again," Gard said. "With the cost of having to rebid on the project, I think we need to go ahead and proceed forward with the lowest bidder."

Urbigkit said he was not looking forward to having to rebid, but he thought it best to allow both bidders an equal opportunity.

"It is unfair to Rocky Mountain Applicators, because they were forced to bid on an extended warranty of 20 years," Urbigkit said.

Councilwoman Mary Ellen Christensen asked Urbigkit how much maintenance the current roof has required through the 14 years it has been in place.

Urbigkit said other than a few maintenance problems, the only issue that has come up is the current leaking situation.

"The rooftop has been leaking water, and it is going down in the wall, so the tenant is calling saying water is dripping in," Urbigkit said.

"I don't want to continue to defer maintenance because it is going to require fixing, and it is pertinent we get to it as quickly as possible. This is the first big repair we have had in the 14 years we have had the roof."

The entire Riverton Regional Airport Terminal roof will be resurfaced with a single ply membrane roof.

Council members voted to award the bid to Big Horn Roofing for a 15-year warranty.

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