MARIETTA - A Delphos, Ohio, company is the apparent low bidder for the roof repairs to the old Ohio National Guard Armory, according to a preliminary review.
The lowest bid came from E Lee Construction, according to the information presented during city council's Lands and Buildings Committee meeting on Wednesday.
The company's base bid came in at $493,960 for labor and materials only, compared to $678,000 submitted by General Restoration of Columbus, and $669,490 from Lepi Enterprises of Zanesville.
E Lee remained the apparent low bidder when additional tasks such as masonry pointing, roof deck replacement and lead paint abatement for the armory roof balustrade and cornices were added. The total with those costs came to $522,790.
"All three of the base bids were awardable," Tucker said.
The bids are within the required 10 percent of the $644,000 original engineer's estimate.
The biggest difference in the bids came with the alternates added in-especially the two lead paint abatement alternates, which E Lee Construction bid at $1,500 each.
"I have some question about those lead abatement bids and will be reviewing all of the bids further and contacting the contractors before making a final recommendation," Tucker said.
In other business Wednesday, Tracy Stotts, project manager with Pickering Associates in Parkersburg, reviewed the preliminary design for renovation of city hall at 301 Putnam St.
Pickering is studying potential uses of space after the Marietta Municipal Court moved into new facilities on Third Street earlier this year.
Preliminary drawings shown to the committee showed police department offices in the basement being moved to the second floor of the building, while police dispatch and records offices would remain on the first floor.
The basement area would still house the police garage and the former basement office area potentially turned into a gymnasium area or assembly room. Lockers and restrooms would also be located there.
The design plans would locate the city treasurer's offices, IT office, council clerk office, and mayor's offices on the first floor, along with the police dispatch and records offices.
The proposed second floor plans would include the main police department offices and city auditor's offices.
Stotts said an elevator in the building would remain as a freight elevator, but it is not handicapped accessible so a secondary elevator would have to be installed for general public use.
"New Americans with Disabilities Act requirements adopted in 2010 became effective this year that mandates all public buildings have to meet ADA accessibility standards," Stotts said.
Planning is continuing, she said. Plans presented to the committee did not include potential space for council chambers, heating and cooling or cost estimates.
"We're about 80 percent there and anticipate the design will be completed by the end of January if we continue to move ahead at this time," Stotts said.
The plans made sense, Councilman Harley Noland, chairman of the committee, said.
"This would clear out 308 Putnam which has maintenance problems and it makes 301 Putnam accessible for people with disabilities," he said.
The building at 308 Putnam houses the city auditor, treasurer, council clerk, IT department and a utilities maintenance office. City officials have considered selling the building after moving those offices to 301 Putnam St. or into other city facilities.
Noland asked the committee members to review the plans presented and said he would schedule another meeting later this month to take comments.