Webster Co. regulators reject nature center bids | News, Sports, Jobs

After construction bids for Webster County’s new Conservation Center significantly exceeded original estimates, the Webster County Board of Directors voted to reject both bids and submit the project for re-bid.

Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove introduced the two offerings to regulators during their May 24 meeting. The first bid was $6,990,000 from Kolacia Construction and the second was $8,195,000 from Jensen Builders Ltd., both of Fort Dodge.

“The engineer’s original estimate last December was $5.5 million.” Cosgrove said at the May 24 meeting.

On Tuesday, Cosgrove told supervisors he recommended rejecting the offers and starting over. He said he will work with the engineers to find some cost efficiencies in the project to bring the price down.

“It will show that we are trying to offer the best possible project at the most reasonable cost without too much delay.” he said.

The re-tendering process is not expected to have a major impact on the nature center project schedule.

“That only delays the project by about two months,” said Cosgrove.

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