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Officials: Downtown construction begins May 1

Construction on the first phase of the downtown revitalization project in the town of Erwin is set to begin May 1, according to town officials.
On Monday, the Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to accept a bid for the project submitted by Summers-Taylor earlier this month. All board members voted to accept the bid. Alderman Robbie Sullins was absent from the meeting.
The town will host a pre-construction meeting on Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.
City Recorder Randy Trivette said during the meeting that the cost of the phase one construction for the town is $1,492,171.37.
Trivette also said three bidders qualified to submit bids, but one company was disqualified because the bid was submitted five minutes after the deadline. The two bids reviewed by the town earlier this month were submitted by Summers-Taylor and Thomas Construction. The bids came in higher than the $1.5 million the town anticipated for phase one, according to Trivette. The base bid by Summers-Taylor was $1,996,028.52; the base bid submitted by Thomas Construction was $2,180,715.98.
The higher than expected bids prompted town officials to make adjustments to the proposal, according to Trivette.
“That was higher than what we anticipated and what we planned and what we all had discussed at the work session regarding the downtown revitalization,” Trivette said. “So, I asked Mr. [Gary] Tysinger [of Tysinger, Hampton & Partners] and Kimley-Horn [the architects who have helped design the revitalization plan] to go back to the contractors to see if they would bid on a line item to see if they could reduce the cost and find ways we could get the cost down to the more manageable $1.5 million that we discussed in our work session, which they were able to do.”

For the remainder of this article please see the April 23, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.