The west side pool is just going to have to wait.
At the September 15, 2015 city council meeting our council rejected all seven bids for the construction and management of the west side pool. The action was on the consent agenda and was passed with no discussion.
After getting the seven contractors to invest considerable time and money in developing the bids and getting to look at their prices, the city has decided that it should use a different purchasing method. City staff is saying that this will save the taxpayers money. That remains to be seen.
Council did not vote on approving the new purchasing method. Our west side representative was absent and the other council members did not want to take action without him.
As it stands now city staff is telling us that they should be able to get through the new bidding process by May of next year.
Other than gasoline I don’t know of anything that is getting cheaper on a day to day basis. We also need to consider what will happen to interest rates during the delay. The eight month delay that they are proposing will probably cost us money in both materials and labor.
We deserve better