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City council rejects bid for Cedar Creek Trail, saying contract would have cost $11,000 more per day

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene City Council members rejected a recommended bid for the Cedar Creek Trail project, saying the venture would cost an extra $11,000 a day.

A project committee recommended that the council give the offer to Bontke Brothers Construction, even though it was not the lowest price.

Each member of the committee, made up of 7 people nominated by Mayor Williams and approved by the city council, responded to a poll independent of each other and all chose Bontke Brothers, in large part because they could complete the project 30 days earlier.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, council members pointed out that this bid costs 13% more, meaning it will cost $11,000 a day to complete a month early.

Due to the cost, the council rejected the bid and now the bidding process will have to start over.

The Cedar Creek Trail project, which will cost more than $2.3 million, is funded in part by the 2015 bond election, with remaining funds of just over $800,000, and the rest of the money comes from the city’s minor improvement fund.

This specific part of the project is to install a paved sidewalk along the Cedar Creek Waterway from 11th Street ES to near 10th Street EN.

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