Council will weigh bids for streets, utilities

Dan Schwartz
Farmington City Council

FARMINGTON — At their meeting Tuesday, Farmington city councilors are scheduled to consider approving two bids for work on the city's streets and utilities.

City staff have suggested councilors award a nearly $1.6 million bid to Consolidated Constructors, of Farmington, to maintain the city's streets for the year. Only one other company applied for the job, according to city documents.

Staff suggested councilors award the other bid for nearly $2.8 million to Flora Vista's TRC Construction to replace and upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure, according to city documents. One other company also applied for the bid.

The bids are on councilors’ consent agenda, so they will likely approve them in a single motion and without discussion.

“We do it every year,” said Purchasing Officer Ed Smylie about awarding the bids.

He added that the bid amounts are estimates based on projects city staff hope to complete, so the estimates could change. City documents show that the city’s past three years of bids have been for similar amounts.

In 2014, councilors awarded a more than $1.5 million bid to Consolidated Constructors. In 2013, they awarded a bid of more than $1.4 million to the same company. And in 2012, they awarded a more than $1.6 million bid to Oldcastle SW Group from Farmington. All of the bids were for street maintenance.

In 2014, councilors awarded an almost $2.4 million bid to TRC Construction. In 2013, they awarded a more than $2.3 million bid to the same company, and in 2012, they awarded another bid to that company for almost $2.5 million.

The street maintenance bids cover about 50 to 60 percent of the money the city spends annually to repair and rebuild its roads, said City Engineer Nica Westerling.

The utility bids cover about 80 percent of all the funds the city spends annually on upgrading and replacing water and waste water infrastructure, said Jeff Smaka, the city's water and wastewater administrator.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606.