Española City Council Tuesday April 14, VDP photo
City Council Votes To Begin Street Improvements: Defers One Project and Questions Bid Process
ESPAÑOLA – The Española City Council met Tuesday evening, April 14 and partially approved a street improvement plan for Calle Cielito and Shadow Wood Lane. General Services Director, Juanito Maes recommended that the Council defer improvements on Hunter Street until anticipated infrastructure improvements for surrounding buildings is completed.
Councilor Peggy Martinez commented that she supported Maes’ proposal to delay Hunter Street as the city has a history of completing street improvements in that area only to be damaged by infrastructure work. Martinez said “I’m glad we are prioritizing the order and doing things right.”
Councilor John Hernandez expressed concerns that the bid process might be considered non competitive and requested clarification as to the bid process in selecting the contractor for the approved work.
Maes explained that the city advertised the contracting opportunity in the Rio Grande Sun and made it publically known. Three contractors picked up bid packets and two returned those packets but one was deemed to be a non responsive bidder because the packet did not include all the required documents and was incomplete. This left one complete bid which was deemed to fall within anticipated market price range and was accepted.
Councilor Tania Sanchez asked Maes if the job would be a fixed price contract since there was only one contractor as a way to make sure there is no chance of scope creep. Maes responded that as they put the task order together he would work to ensure as many components as possible would be set with a fixed price.
When asked in a follow-up interview about the low number of bidders Maes stated that it was not too unusual and that he had previously been a general contractor so “I am familiar with the market prices for this type of work and was able to determine the awarded bid was well within that range.”
The Council voted 8-0 to approve the work on Calle Cielito and Shadow Wood Lane and will revisit the project for Hunter Street in the coming months.