Bids will be received by North East Borough at the Borough Office, 31 West Main Street, North East, PA 16428 until 1:00 p.m. prevailing time on July 1, 2015 for street resurfacing of two (2) Borough Streets which includes approximately 490 tons of 9.5 mm Superpave Wearing Course, approximately 250 tons of 9.5 mm Superpave Leveling Course, 5,900 square yards of milling and 2,800 SY of full depth pavement removal and replacement of subbase and 25.0 mm Base Course.
Contract Documents, including drawings and technical specifications, may be reviewed/obtained at the office of the engineer, Hill Engineering, Inc., 8 Gibson Street, North East, PA 16428 (Telephone: (814)725-8659; Fax: (814) 725-8637) for a non-refundable deposit of fifty dollars ($50). Addenda, if any, will be issued to only those persons whose name and address are on record as having obtained the Contract Documents.
The bid must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 10% of the bid, made payable to the Borough of North East. Performance and Payment Bonds in the amount of 100% of the contract amount shall be furnished by the successful bidder. Prevailing wage will be applicable. The Borough reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive any irregularities. Borough of North East, Will Rogers, Borough Manager
In the pre-internet days, this practice of charging for the bid specs may have made sense, with the time involved in printing, collating, binding and dealing with each potential bidder it kept everyone who wasn't serious from taking up anyone's time. Today, putting the specs online costs nothing, the bidders can read and print off the specs on their end and determine if they want to participate, all without bothering anyone. If someone comes in and wants a pre-printed set of documents, then a charge would still apply. The engineering firm preparing the specs is already paid by the municipality for the work they've done so a $50 charge just to see the documents seems pointless. This is a decades old, "We've always done it this way" procedure. It's the 21st century, maybe we should update the process.