Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Commissioners Consider Flubbed Project Bid

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Commissioners Consider Flubbed Project Bid

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Shawnee County facilities management director Bill Kroll voiced dismay Monday that Topeka-based CD Electric asked the county to pay an additional $4,500 in materials costs after commissioners voted Oct. 23 to award it a project contract.

Kroll asked Commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler to award the project instead to Topeka-based Torgesen Electric, which put forth a bid that was initially $299 higher than CD Electric's.

Torgesen's bid, while not as inclusive, would nevertheless meet the county's needs, he said.

Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve Cook's motion to defer action on the matter until they meet Nov. 13, while asking Kroll to contact CD Electric to see if the situation can be remedied before they move forward with awarding the bid to Torgesen.

The county initially received three bids varying somewhat in strategy and scope for the project to provide electrical service upgrades to facilitate the installation of new vehicle lifts purchased by the sheriff's office in the garage area at the county's North Annex, 1500 N.W. Saline.

In a memo on page 201 of the agenda packet for the commission's Oct. 23 meeting, Kroll wrote circuit panels in the garage area were already beyond their maximum allowable capacity, making it necessary to add power into the area.

Meanwhile, he wrote, a county staff member had identified "unused 200 amp service in the current office area that we propose moving to the garage."

Kroll's memo outlined the bids the county received, saying:

n CD Electric proposed completely relocating the existing 200 amp panel and installing a new 100 amp, 12 circuit panel to handle future service needs in the office area at a cost to the county of $6,175.

n Torgeson Electric proposed installing a 125 amp sub-panel from the existing 200 amp service for $6,474.

n Topeka-based Current Electric proposed installing an additional 175 amp service using power from the existing 200 amp service at a cost of $9,871. …

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