Bennett bid chosen for town statue project

MARBLETON – After reviewing three bids received for a new restroom and parking lot planned at the Centennial Statue, the Marbleton Town Council voted unanimously on Monday, Sept. 11, to award the project to R.S. Bennett Construction.

Ryan Welling of Forsgren Associates presented that recommendation from project manager Todd Hurd and an overview of the three bids received. Big Piney’s R.S. Bennett Construction’s was by far the lowest at $170,730.

Hurd’s letter to the council said Forsgren opened the bids on Sept. 5 and recommended “as the town engineer” to award it to R.S. Bennett Construction.

“We have worked with them in the past and feel they will complete the project as outlined in the bid package and as per the contract,” Hurd wrote. “They are a local firm that reside in the county and will share the facility that they will be constructing.”

Gregco, of Evanston, submitted a total bid price of $211,855 and Premier Site Development of Boulder submitted the high bid of $249,450, according to Hurd’s numbers.

Some aspects of the proposed construction balanced out very closely across the board, while others were markedly different with highs and lows.

As an example, site restoration, cleanup, traffic control and erosion is earmarked with Gregco and Bennett at $2,000 and with Premier Site Development at $8,500.

The project’s most costly element overall is the parking lot’s 4-inch-thick asphalt pavement with an 8-inch road base, quoted by Gregco at $83,265, by Premier Site Development at 54,600 and by Bennett at $46,410.

The costs given for the actual restroom structure show Gregco quoted at $38,000, Premier Site Development at $69,803.50 and Bennett at $46,000. The next item, “restroom mechanical,” is priced out by Gregco at $10,000, Premier Site Development at $26,057.30 and Bennett at $10,500.

Before the vote to select Bennett, Mayor Jim Robinson noted “some pretty big differences here.”

Rocky Mountain Power provided some financial assistance for the project

The Centennial Statue, set on the site of the old town hall, was sculpted by Georgia Bunn Studios and cast at Lander’s Eagle Bronze Foundry for the town of Marbleton, with a benefactor paying much of the costs.

In other Marbleton news:

  • Consultant Sam Bixler reported on August’s first Sublette gem and mineral show, which brought in about 600 visitors, and eclipse events, which brought in about 125 people.
  • Bixler also reported applying for a Rocky Mountain Power grant for new picnic tables and windscreens. He also brought up ongoing broadband access talks and shared insights about a possible critical access hospital in Pinedale.
  • Town attorney Thayne Peterson reported that American Tower, which wanted to renegotiate its Marbleton water tower lease for Verizon, is now working with T-Mobile. The council again tabled its discussion.

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