From the Delta County Independent:
Five firms responded to a recent request for bids for the river diffuser system. Those bids were presented to city council members Tuesday, April 8, with a recommendation from public works director Jim Hatheway that the bid be awarded to URS Corporation. Although the bid of $98,043 was not the lowest of the five received, Hatheway said city staff felt URS could provide the most qualified team and the most favorable schedule to complete the work this year. Hatheway said URS has on staff an expert on endangered species, as well as a former employee of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment who is familiar with the state’s permitting process. A number of fish in the affected portion of the Gunnison River are considered endangered. Hatheway said a large portion of URS’ fee is allocated to bidding and construction support. He told council members the city will bid the project itself to save costs.