By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
The apparent low bid for electrical work at Hermitage’s athletic complex on South Darby Road came in way under estimate Thursday, while the lowest general contracting bid was a little high.
In sum, the total apparent low bids are under the engineer’s estimate, but over budget.
“I think we should be OK,” city Assistant Director of Planning and Development Jeremy P. Coxe said. “It depends on how we move the money around.”
City commissioners plan to award a contract Wednesday.
The project calls for installing lights at one of the softball fields, building a viewing area at the other, constructing a “tot lot” playground and expanding trails.
The city has a $100,000 state grant, and had set aside an equal amount in city funds.
J&T Paving, Greenville, submitted the apparent low general construction bid, $169,352. The only other bid was $184,356. Engineering firm Environmental Planning and Design, Pittsburgh, had estimated the work would cost 155,000.
Becdel Controls Inc., Niles, Ohio, tendered the apparent low bid for the electrical contract, $108,044. Six other bids ranged from $124,149 to $148,890. The engineer’s estimate was $170,000.
By separate contract, the city also plans to build a 91-space parking lot at the complex. That project is rolled into a paving contract officials received bids for Monday and also plan to award next week.