01-0215R

RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 00-0528 WHICH AUTHORIZED AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF DULUTH AND ST. LOUIS COUNTY FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF PIEDMONT AVENUE BETWEEN HAINES ROAD AND HUTCHINSON ROAD; INCREASING THE CONTRACT AMOUNT BY $45,000 TO A TOTAL OF $160,646.74.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that Resolution No. 00-0528, passed August 14, 2000, which authorized an agreement between the city of Duluth and St. Louis County for the reconstruction of Piedmont Avenue between Haines Road and Hutchinson Road, said agreement filed as Public Document No. 00-0814-27, is amended to reflect an increase of $45,000 in city costs, for a total of $160,646.74, payable from Fund 0535, Agency 500, Organization 1905, Object 5533.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution amends Resolution No. 00-0528 adopted August 14, 2000, which authorized an agreement between the city of Duluth and St. Louis County for the construction of Piedmont Avenue between Haines Road and Hutchinson Road. This amendment increases the city's cost in this project by $45,000 for a new estimated amount of $160,646.74, payable from Fund 0535, Agency 500, Organization 1905, Object 5533.

On November 20, 2000, bids were opened for the project. The apparent low bidder was Wagner Construction Co. of International Falls, Minnesota. Because of delays caused by the state of Minnesota in awarding the contract within the required time specified in the contract, the low bidder has withdrawn his bid. This has forced St. Louis county to advertise and set a new letting date for the project.

Review of the bid abstracts indicate that the city's share of the cost will exceed the engineer's estimate of $115,646.74 by about $45,000. This amendment will avoid delays for making payment to St. Louis County for the city's share when a contract is awarded.