By Kent Berkley
The Sturgeon Bay Council meets at noon on Monday to review bids and decide whether to award a contract to demolish the historic waterfront granary. The bid specifications were supposed to include the costs to demolish, salvage and store the granary, but at least two of the three submissions contained major errors or misunderstandings about the nature of the job. Statewide Razing was the lowest bidder, but they did not interpret the bid document to include anything beyond razing the building and have since withdrawn. Kiesow Enterprises who bid $66,237.25 to do the job, initially indicated they would complete the work in one day and finish by December 6th. The city says that Kiesow admitted making an error in their proposal and have since modified their estimated completion date to be Jan. 10, 2018. The other bid is from Ostrenga Excavating for an amount of $358,196 and with an estimated completion date of June 2018. Pat Drury, a project consultant to the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, says he does not understand why the city keeps pressing forward at such a reckless pace, especially with so much bad information being spread and so much good information being suppressed.
City Administrator Josh VanLieshout reported that no prequalifying process was undertaken to ensure that the competencies and business practices of the respondents would meet minimum expectations required by the bid specifications. He went on to explain that the means for doing the work would be left to the contractor that is awarded the job.