Ocean View council rejects bids for public works building

The Town of Ocean View held a special meeting last week to unanimously approve a resolution rejecting all bids received for the construction of the town’s proposed public works building.

“I think everyone here on the council is aware that bids came in outside of our projections,” said Mayor Gordon Wood.

Councilman Tom Sheeran asked Public Works Director Charlie McMullen if he had spoken to the town engineer and architect, to figure out why the bids were higher than anticipated.

“They thought that the timeframe that we used for bidding was one of the instrumental causes of the high bids. We’re reviewing the project now to see if we need to make any necessary adjustments,” said McMullen. “We think that if we give a longer timeframe for bidding we’ll get the subcontractors, and the general, the ability to hone in on prices that are more realistic with the projected cost per square foot.”

Following a motion from Councilman Bob Lawless, the council approved the resolution to reject all bids and retained the right to rebid the project at a later date.

Wood said he hopes to move to construction before the end of the year.