Valpo Board of Works awards contracts
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent January 5, 2014 6:32PM
Updated: February 7, 2014 6:14AM
VALPARAISO — The city Board of Works has awarded contracts to companies for supplying basic materials in 2014.
Walsh & Kelly, which has business sites in Griffith and South Bend, received the most awards, in five areas, although the city also chose local firms Ralston Paving and GE Marshall and Ozinga, which has a local plant.
The city also did not accept bids for city vehicle fuel, and will ask for new bids.
“We wanted a premium diesel fuel all year round with a certain chemical makeup,” but many potential bidders had concerns about the specifications and their necessity, Public Works Director Matt Evans said.
The city is accepting fuel bids later this month, and the current contract with Rackham is extended until then.
For asphalt work, Walsh & Kelly had the lowest bid at $55 a ton for binder and $61 a ton for surface if the city trucks pick it up, or $80 a ton for binder loaded with fiber and $85 a ton for surface loaded with fiber.
For delivery, the cost will be at $58 a ton for binder and $66 a ton for surface, although with fiber that will cost at $85 a ton for binder and $90 a ton for surface.
Hot patch will cost $100 a ton pick up and $110 a ton delivered.
Walsh & Kelly will also do the city’s annual paving program concrete street repair.
Asphalt paving will cost $59 a ton for binding and $65 a ton for surface, work at alleys and utility cuts will run $175 a ton for binding and $250 a ton for surface.
Concrete street repair will cost $13 to $15 a square foot, depending on whether the firm has to excavate more than 225 square feet of existing concrete.
The sidewalk program work will be done by Hooks Concrete Construction of Chicago Heights and covers curbs, gutters, handicapped ramps and removal of old concrete.
Hooks beat Walsh & Kelly, Reith Riley and Gariup with lowest overall bids in about 40 categories of work.
Central Paving will provide winter mix asphalt at $80 a ton or $96 a ton delivered.
GE Marshall will provide “b” borrow type fill at $6 a ton on city trucks or $11 for delivery, plus it was chosen for construction equipment rental in emergencies.
Ozinga will charge $12.50 a ton for crushed concrete, $38 a ton for roller compacted concrete and $97.45 to $99.45 for ready mix concrete with $100 a minimum load and additional costs for overtime and additives.
They were the only bidder listed on the city’s spec sheet.
Ralston was the only firm that bid to supply limestone to the city at rates running from $15.60 to $16.25 a ton, plus $21 a ton for rip rap.
The city received no bids for hydro-seeding with mulch or chemical modification of soils.
The chemical modification is the injection of concrete powder into soil the erodes quickly under roads.
Evans said that his department could use the parks department’s hydroseeder and will bid out chemical modification when needed.