By Per Peterson
The Tracy City Council on Monday accepted a bid for the remodeling project at the Tracy Public Library.
Tracy City Administrator Kris Ambuehl notified the council that the City received two bids for the construction. The project will be paid for by a grant and a private donation from an individual.
Daniels-Peterson Construction Inc. came in at $129,988; Dale Johnson III Construction’s bid was $138,821.63. Both bids came in under the grant amount. Bids were let twice, as no bids were turned in after the first try.
“Both bids were from reputable companies right here out of Tracy, which is a great thing,” Ambuehl said.
Ambuehl recommended that the council accept the lower bid of $129,988. The cost of the project includes two central air units and two furnaces, plus all the lighting and duct work in the basement.
Ambuehl credited Tracy Public Works Director Shane Daniels for due diligence on his part that sped up the process and ultimately allowed the City to issue bids itself.
The council on Monday also voted to recreate the office manager position that has been vacant since the previous office manager, Madonna Peterson, was promoted to city administrator.
“(That position) wasn’t replaced, but it’s definitely a position, in my opinion, the city needs,” Ambuehl said. “It’s a position that we’ve had historically. I would like to open that position with the council’s permission.”
The council agreed to open the position to current staff at City Hall.
Mayor Anthony Dimmers asked if the position is already worked into the City’s budget.
“The pay scale of this is a line-item that’s already in the budget, yes,” Ambuehl said.
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