MONTESANO, Wash. – The city of Montesano last night rejected all bids for upgrades to a portion of their water distribution system, after council learned that the lowest bidder was the contractor responsible for the Main Street Phase 2 project. Outgoing councilman Doug Streeter spoke his mind “That was probably the worst project I’ve ever experienced in my entire life, they’re horrible.”
Downtown businesses in Montesano went without sidewalks or a main street for weeks at a time while South Bay Excavating of Olympia worked between the raindrops in August and September. The work completed in October.
Regardless of track record, the state’s competitive bidding process requires that cities award contracts to the lowest and best bidder. After city staff couldn’t find a legal reason to reject their bid, council voted to reject all four bids and go back to the drawing board. The project will make upgrades to the distribution system for residents in the Wilder Hill area. City staff said the vote to go back to the bidding process will delay the project by months. The number two bid was Roglins of Aberdeen, at $214,632 the difference was $135.50.