Greenville City Council OKs bids

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:35 am on Thursday, June 21, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council was presented with a variety of bids during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The bids, ranging from a backhoe loader purchase to a retaining wall for a parking lot, were all approved by the council.


Backhoe loader

The Public Services Department solicited bids to purchase a backhoe loader.

According to Director Mike Chesher, AIS Construction Equipment Corp. was the lowest bidder. The company’s bid came in at $79,150.

An amount of $90,000 was budgeted for this piece of equipment through the current 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

Chesher said the backhoe loader will be able to do everything from working on water main breaks to doing tasks at the cemetery.

“A safety feature includes ride control,” said Chesher, which he added is a great safety feature to have.


Screening topsoil and grinding of brush

Chesher said bids were solicited for the screening of topsoil and tub grinding of brush and compost at the compost site located at the end of Owen Mumaw Industrial Park Drive, along with a brush pile on Hathaway property next to the fourth phase of the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.

“It’s that time of year for us,” he said.

Two bids were received and both bids were approved because each company only bid on one part of the project.

“Companies are looking for a larger scale,” Chesher said.

The council approved the bid for screening of top soil to Spurt Industries Inc. in the amount not to exceed $10,800.

Also approved was the bid for grinding of brush to Big Chipper Inc. in the amount not to exceed $8,700.

The total cost of the two projects is $19,580. The amount of $22,000 was budgeted for the project.


Mobile radios

With the FCC requiring radio systems to switch from wide to narrow band by 2013, Chesher solicited bids for the purchase of 13 two-way mobile radios.

“We don’t want to lose the capability to communicate if we don’t do this,” Chesher said.

The council approved the lowest bid to go to Tele-Rad Inc. in the amount not exceed $4,690. The amount budgeted for this project was $15,000.


Retaining wall

Doug Hinken, Greenville city engineer, solicited for bids to build a 122-foot shore retaining wall to hold back the riverbank adjacent to the trail through the museum parking lot project.

“We received six bids,” Hinken said, one of which came from a local contractor.

The lowest bidder was GreenPlus Landscaping of Bryon Center in the amount of $16,000. The local contractor, ProLawn Landscaping LLC bid $36,432.26, which was higher than Hinken’s estimate of $30,000 provided by Prein and Newhof Inc.

The council approved GreenPlus Landscaping.


In other business, the council approved …

• A recommendation from the Downtown Development Authority to allow the Meet Downtown group to hold sidewalk sales from 7 to 11 a.m. on July 12.

• The proposed 2012-2013 fiscal year budget for the city of Greenville.

• The year-end budget adjustment for the fiscal year 2011-2012.

• To place delinquent water and sewer bills and miscellaneous invoices on the tax roll.

• Amending the protective covenants for the city’s industrial park.


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