Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain (OMID) Contract 3 - Owner Rejects All Bids

Earlier this morning, the Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage Board voted to reject both bids submitted for OMID Contract 3 that were submitted on July 19, 2011 (here).  

The principal reason cited for rejecting the low bid of Inland Waters Pollution Control and second bid of L. D'Agostini & Sons, Inc. was that the bids exceeded the engineer's estimate by some 38%. However, the Drainage Board also rejected a second resolution that would have deducted more than $19 million from Contract 3, which would have brought the project into line with their budget. 

Board Members also voiced concerns over the lawsuit filed on July 18, 2011 by the Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District against some 40 contractors, including Inland Waters and L. D'Agostini & Sons. In addition, Board Members noted that under Contract 3, Inland Waters apparently identified D'Agostini as one of its  subcontractors; D'Agostini's second bid had included Inland Waters as a proposed subcontractor. 

Update (7/26): Crain's Detroit Business has additional coverage (here) of the OMI Board Meeting and the Board's decision to reject both bids. 

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