Local firm wins Esky city bid for roofing project

ESCANABA – After hearing concerns from a local business which bid to re-roof Escanaba’s police building, the Escanaba City Council approved the proposal which was initially $203 more in price but offered more than the lowest bidder Thursday.

During its regular meeting, council approved a bid of up to $80,373 from Independent Roofing and Siding of Escanaba to replace the roof on Public Safety. The decision was approved 4-1 with council member Pat Baribeau casting the no vote.

In council’s meeting packet, administration was initially recommending the lowest bid received for the project from The Markell Company, from out-of-town, which came in $203 less than Independent Roofing’s bid, according to their base prices.

City Manager Jim O’Toole said the city typically goes with the lowest bid and the most qualified bidder on projects. In this case, both of the lowest bids came in higher than the $70,000 the city budgeted to replace the roof, he said, adding there was also a concern about Independent’s warranty.

After hearing comment from Independent Roofing owner Paul Neumeier and his son, Nathan Neumeier, council discussed the two bids in greater detail and approved the local contract which offers a 20-year warranty.

Markell’s base bid of $77,970 included reusing the existing stone ballast and metal fascia while Independent’s base bid of $78,173 would place new stones on the roof and use new metal on the fascia. Drain inserts were included in Markell’s bid but not in Independent’s bid.

If both estimates had bid on new rock, new metal fascia, and drain inserts, Paul Neumeier estimated Markell’s bid would have been $96,430 compared to Independent’s bid at $80,373.

In other business, council approved a $36,750 bid from U.P. Environmental Service, Inc. to clean out biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant digester. The equipment was last cleaned out in 2000.

Council also approved a $40,000 bid from Terrazzo Creations and Renewal, LLC, to clean and seal the digester, and to pay Terrazzo up to $100,000 for any repair work deemed necessary after the digester is emptied.

Council also conducted the first reading of a proposed zoning amendment to change two lots from residential to light manufacturing for an addition on Northern Michigan Bank and Trust.

During an update on committee meetings attended by council members, Mayor Marc Tall said an August election millage renewal was discussed during a recent 9-1-1 Committee meeting.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net