Council Votes for Voters Pamphlet; Denies Bid for Painting and Repair of Water Treatment Plant
Grants Pass City Council voted to fund its share of a voter’s pamphlet for the November general election, a cost expected to be between $3,500 and $5,400.
The City’s 4-year public safety levy will be on the ballot and councilors felt the need to get the information before voters as they make their decisions. The vote almost certainly means the county will publish a voter’s pamphlet
with the option for citizens to post arguments for or against the various measures for a fee. The deadline to submit those arguments is September 5th.
The council denied a resolution allowing the city manager to enter into an agreement with a Medford firm to paint, repair stucco and wall cracks, and fix ceiling leaks at the water treatment plant.
A consulting architect estimated the work would cost $130,000. The city had authorized $160,000 for the project. After six contractors initially showed interest, only one valid bid was received and that was for $221,462. City staff negotiated with the contractor and trimmed the estimate to $173,462.
Staff recommended denying the bid, and going back out to the contractors with adjusted parameters and targeting the work for the 2014 construction season. The council agreed.