On March 15, the Ravalli County Commissioners awarded contracts to Gardner Excavation and Missoula Concrete for installation of a vault toilet in Summerdale Park. The excavation contract was for $3,000 and went to Gardner Excavation. The contract for the toilet and its installation was awarded to Missoula Concrete for $16,830. But that was changed two days later after it was recognized that the award was based on an outdated bid. The bid, which was submitted on November 5, 2021 was only good for 30 days.
On March 17, the Commissioners reconvened and accepted a new bid from the company. The price had jumped to $18,210 in four months. A spokesman for the company said that it was well over the 30 day limit on the last bid and since then COVID had impacted the business. He said an 8% increase was reasonable considering what’s going on in the construction business these days. He said the new bid was good until April 18, 2022.
The commissioners did not wait. The new bid was approved unanimously.
In other business the Commissioners appointed Debbie Rogers to fulfill the remaining term of Schreiber on the Painted Rocks Rural Fire District board. The term expires in May 2022. The commissioners appointed Steve Russel to the Fair Board.