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City Council Hammers Rec Center Roof

Michael Schneider

Who: South Lake Tahoe City Council

When: Today, 6 p.m. (Redevelopment Agency meets at 3 p.m.)

Where: Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Boulevard

City Council Hammers Rec Center Roof

By Michael Schneider

After awarding two roofing contracts at its last meeting at prices much higher than estimates, the South Lake Tahoe City Council is poised to award a third.

This week, the council will consider re-roofing the Parks and Recreation Center on Rufus Allen Boulevard.

Two weeks ago, the council approved roofing contracts for the police station and city Fire Station No. 2 on U.S. Highway 50. Both contracts came with hefty price tags.

“The lateness in the season creates an increase of bid prices,” said Steve Kooyman, associate civil engineer for the city. “This is the feast or famine effect of bids.”

The difference between the recreation center and the other two is the recreation center’s roof will cost no more than engineer’s estimates.

The bids approved for the police and fire stations were significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate.

The city’s engineering department estimated the recreation center’s roof would cost about $78,000. Gudgel/Yancy Roofing, Inc., of Sacramento, submitted the low bid at a shade under $77,000. El Dorado Roofing, of Camino, was second at $92,500, according to engineering.

El Dorado did submit the low bids, and was awarded the contracts, for the police and fire stations.

The company’s low bid on the police station’s roof was about $48,000, more than $13,000 above the engineer’s estimate, city engineers said. Gudgel’s bid for the same roof was $63,000.

El Dorado also was the low and successful bidder on the fire station roof with a bid of $27,000, slightly more than twice the engineer’s estimate, according to engineering reports. Gudgel’s bid was about $1,500 higher than El Dorado’s.

The reason for the high bids is the lateness of the Lake Tahoe construction season, which lasts from May to October, said City Manager Kerry Miller.

According to Miller, the city staff prioritizes the projects to be completed in each construction season. The three roofs in question were lower priorities than other projects constructed this season, Miller stated, explaining it was not a staff oversight which led to the high bids.

The projects could have been put off until next year, but the city staff was concerned about water damage should the coming winter be harsh.

The bulk of the funds for the roofs will come from Capital Improvement Project monies.

When asked why the bids were significantly over the engineer’s estimate for the first two roofs and just under the estimate on the recreation center, Miller was unable to explain. He said the bidding process is unpredictable.

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