Glenwood Springs: Much uncertainty about bids for new wastewater treatment plant in light of Davis-Bacon Act requirements

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From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Gardner):

The current bids are due to expire before the end of the year. Without requiring a special meeting, Council will have to act on the current bids at its Dec. 17 meeting to avoid re-bidding the project, according to City Manager Jeff Hecksel. Hecksel said that he spoke with the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority — the state entity issuing the bond service for the loan — last week and it was clear that the city will have to include the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage provision, if the city decides to use the authority for financing the loan. “We are in the process of deciding what we are going to do with the bids and the new requirements,” Hecksel said.

The project was halted, along with 22 other water improvement projects statewide, last month due to the passing of the 2010 Interior and Environmental Appropriations Bill on Oct. 30. The bill requires all Federal, State, and local projects, using state of federal funds, to include the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirement, which could potentially increase the overall cost of the project.

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