PORTAGE | In a special meeting Wednesday, the Redevelopment Commission awarded a contract for the first phase of the construction of a new street department facility.
The contract was awarded to Austgen Equipment of Crown Point for $274,691, which included an alternate of constructing a berm around the storage yard. The project will include grading and placing gravel on an approximate three acres on the east side of the street department facility. It will also include removing a large concrete pile near the Crisman drainage pond, crushing it and using the crushed concrete as base.
Member Sue Lynch questioned the extreme price differences in the bids received last month.
Bids were also received from Dyer Construction of Dyer for $659,645; Rieth-Riley of Gary for $580,756 and GE Marshall of Valparaiso for $839,000.
Scott Cherry of Skillman Corp. of Merrillville, the construction management firm overseeing the project, said Austgen's bid came in so low because it is the only company bidding with a mobile crusher. The other companies would have had to get a price to use the equipment from Austgen or found some other way to crush the concrete pile.
Cherry said their estimate for the project was $288,000 and he was confident in the company.