Riverton to rebid citywide concrete work; Initial one percent funds now slated for two overlay projects

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Riverton City Council meets in regular session tonight at City Hall. Action items at the meeting include the approval of catering permit applications, transfer of a restaurant liquor license at 514 West Main from Katerra Enterprises to Inga & Jacob J. Tyra dba Roasted Bean and Cuisine, and bid awards for several paving overlay projects delayed last month.

Two projects are up for approval concerning use of the optional one cent tax funds approved by voters last November.

The council will be asked to approve a low bid from Dave’s Asphalt for an overlay on Watt Court in the amount of $24,546.40. Watt Court is off of College View Drive in the Central Wyoming College Business Park. The college is constructing a new street to connect the college’s parking lot at the new Health and Science Center with Watt Court. Dave’s Asphalt provided the lowest of three bids submitted for the work.

The second project up for approval is the asphalt overlay project for the streets in the Woodridge Subdivision. Low bidder on this project was 71 Construction with a bid of $358,771. Three bids were received for the project.

Both projects were approved by the city’s one percent Fix Our Roads Citizens Committee (FORCC).

Both of these projects were up for approval last month, but the city council delayed the work until enough one cent optional tax funds had been collected. In the interim, bids were solicited.

As of this week, City Administrative Services Division Director Courtney Bohlender said the first four months of the tax have brought in a total of $425,811, enough to cover the first two overlay projects.

The City Council at it’s last regular meeting in July said it did not want to award contracts for any work under the one percent monies until enough funds were in the bank to cover the costs. As a result, city staff has recommended that a bid solicitation for the city-wide concrete replacement project be retracted and re-issued again next spring, when more one percent funds would be available. The city’s share of the countywide optional tax is expected to total around $2-million per year.

Tonight’s city council session begins with a pre-meeting at 6:45 p.m. followed by the regular session at 7 p.m. at Riverton City Hall.

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