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Commissioners Table Bid Award for New Dispatch Area

The Fremont County Commissioners tabled action Monday on the award of a bid for renovation of space on the 4th floor of the county’s Judicial Building.   Half of the 4th floor is targeted for renovation to house the new Combined Regional Communications Center (CRCA).   Fremont County Manager George Sugars said seven bids were received for the project last Wednesday but they all came in over the design estimate.  Sugars said the bids ranged from a low of $807,700 to a high of $948,889.

Sugars said even the lowest of the seven bids is still some $200,000 over the budget set up by the entities who are parties to the intergovernmental agreement which created the CRCA.   They include Fremont County, the Cities of Cañon City and Florence, the Fremont E 9-1-1 Authority, and the Cañon City Area Fire Protection District.   Sugars said Reilly, Johnson, and Associates of Denver is now poring over the bid documents of the two lowest bidders to see where costs might be cut and lower prices negotiated.    The negotiations will be taking place between the two lowest bidders, Golden Triangle of Colorado Springs and H.W. Houston of Pueblo.

The CRCA governing board is expected to meet later this week to consider their options if prices cannot be brought back within the budget.   The Board of Commissioners tabled consideration of the bid award to their next regular meeting on Monday, November 10th (moved from Tuesday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day observance).