Grove City Approves High Bids on Beulah Park Living Park Structures

The Town of Grove City has decided to accept the only bid received for a project to build structures in the new park in the Beulah Park Living development and will not reapply for the work.

The project includes the addition of two shelter house structures and an Eagle Lodge-like pavilion at Fryer Park to the amenities planned for the community park.

Only one bid, by Elford Inc., was submitted by the August 9 deadline, and the actual amount the company had offered for the work was about $1.3 million more than the initial estimate for the job. engineer, said city administrator Charles Boso.

By state law, whenever bids for a project exceed the estimated cost by more than 10%, the bid may only be awarded if, under municipal autonomy laws granted to cities, a city council agrees to waive that provision, he said. .

The project cost of the Beulah Park structures is well above the 10% threshold, Boso said.

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“Analyzing the bidding climate, as well as the supply chain in the near future, we believe it is prudent to award this contract at this time as it appears prices will only increase. “, did he declare.

The offer still falls within the $10 million the credit board previously authorized to cover the cost of developing the community park, including construction of the shelters and pavilion.

The city council on September 6 voted 4 to 1 to approve a resolution to drop the provision and accept Elford’s offer.

Council member Christine Houk cast the only vote against the resolution.

Many private companies are deciding that it would be better for them to “try their way out” and delay accepting bids for capital projects given the current bidding climate, she said, but governments work differently.

“But is there anything really compelling that says it’s on fire; we really should do this now?” she says. “Do we really know that things will get worse and potentially not stabilize if we wait for a better time?”

The reason to move forward now is to put the park structures in place for the community to access and enjoy “in a timely manner”, Boso said.

Given the current glut of projects in the region, “if we waited, it would take two or three years” before prices could stabilize, he said.

There are several examples of pricing issues affecting local projects, he said.

The city of Upper Arlington’s plan to build a recreation center has seen the cost estimate rise from $50 million to $80 million in the past few months, he said.

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