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City rejects bid for water, sewer line replacement

Shawn Napier
Shawn Napier

The Paris City Council has rejected the only bid it received for replacement of water and sewer lines in west Paris.

The bid of $7.4 million came from Speiss Construction Co. for 54,000 feet (about 10 miles) of water and sewer line replacement. Consulting firm AECOM recommended rejecting the bid because the firm did not seem to have sufficient experience in this kind of project.

The next step, according to Engineering Director Shawn Napier, is to break the job up into smaller pieces.

Market research shows the “sweet spot” in getting competing bids right now seems to be the $3.5 million to $4.5 million range, he said. Larger projects have higher overhead and fewer companies want to bid on them. The idea would be to stagger the jobs so the timeline would remain the same.

Councilman AJ Hashmi suggested going the other way and combining this phase with the next one to make a larger project.
The council is expected to discuss the matter at its next meeting.

In other business, the City Council:

  • Tabled action on an agreement with First United Methodist Church on the proposed spray park.
  • Directed Godwin to continue working with the Valley of the Caddo Museum as it tries to open in the old depot in October, but to bring any major changes to the council. Of particular concern is a set of structural changes that would move a restroom and widen up work space.
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