Firm Creating Splash over Water Project Bid Process
Sanchez, Robert, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Robert Sanchez Daily Herald Staff Writer
A Wheaton construction firm is threatening to squelch Oakbrook Terrace's Lake Michigan water plans if the city doesn't give it the work.
Aldermen on Tuesday are expected to hire Naperville-based Dennis Dwyer Inc. to install the pipes that will carry the water through town.
But if that happens, officials with Trine Construction Corp. say their company will seek an injunction to stop the work.
The debate centers on how Oakbrook Terrace officials publicly announced bids for the project.
According to state law, the city must hire the lowest responsible bidder for the project. Officials said Dennis Dwyer Inc. submitted the lowest total bid for the project, about $3.17 million.
But Alderman Ken Gallt admits he didn't read out loud price quotes for the total cost of the work when they were made public Feb. 12.
Rather, Gallt said, he only read bids for what the "base" work would cost.
In turns out, Trine Construction's price for the base work, which doesn't include several extras, was about $37,000 cheaper than Dennis Dwyer's bid.
"I would have read all the bids," Gallt said. "But I was told by the engineer we didn't have to."
That's wrong, said Mike Redina Jr., Trine's general manager.
"Awarding this project based on numbers that were not read publicly and aloud in the public bid forum is illegal," he said.
Larry Frang with the Illinois Municipal League said there is no state law requiring municipalities to read bids out loud. …