(Beaver Dam) City officials in Beaver Dam this week hired a company to draw-up plans for a shoreline improvement project near the dam at Cotton Mill Park. The city awarded the contract to the second-lowest bidder, Stantec Consulting Services of Mequon, for $46,500.
Riverwise Engineering of Durango, Colorado was the low-bidder at just over $40-thousand dollars and also had a slightly higher cumulative score, seven-point-one (7.15) compared to six-point-nine (6.90). That scorecard was based on project understanding, experience, project team and company profile as scored by the mayor, director of engineering and the parks and forestry supervisor.
Director of Engineering Todd Janssen says Stantec is preferred because the Wisconsin-based company brought more value to the project than the low bidder in terms of overall concept planning, frequency of site visits, their plan to seek grant funding and the licensed botanist they have on staff.
The project would include enhancements to the shoreline, plantings and habitat along with a paved trail and additional access to Haskell Street, which may require a small land purchase. The city budgeted $150-thousand dollars for the project in this year’s borrowing plan, which is not anticipated to be enough for the entire project.