Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority to select contractor for maintenance facility

dgraham@bradenton.comJanuary 16, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority is getting a fresh start on the new year with the anticipated award of the contract Thursday for the construction of a new $2 million maintenance facility to be built near the northeast corner of Lorraine Road and State Road 70.

District supervisors are also expected to sign off on the purchase of a new $24,218 2013 Chevy Traverse designated for the use of the director of operations Ryan Heise.

Both decisions should be finalized Thursday when the IDA meets at 9 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

"Thursday, your task will be to select the lowest and most responsible bidder. Responsible means they will actually do the work and will they be responsible about doing it?" Eva Rey, executive director, told the board Tuesday. "And no, I have not read the bids."

Steve Zielinski, chief financial officer, said he was in agreement with the finalists for the contract. "We concur with the engineer that those who were nonresponsive with us were those that did not meet the other requirements."

"There were two who did it correctly," Rey added, naming Magnum Builders of Sarasota as one finalist. "Magnum was the lowest of the two who did it correctly. We will be asking you to make a decision on which of the two who did it correctly you want to go with."

According to Michael Baltzer, president of Magnum, "The bids were done through a private engineering firm and there was almost a $2 million budget. We came in a little under $2 million."

It was unclear which other company remains in con

tention for award of the contract.

Baltzer, who plans to attend Thursday's meeting, said, "This project is the kind of project for our kind of firm that's ideal, and we worked hard to get the best and most complete deal. It is similar to the fire houses we've done with the large truck bays, and like the airport and some other facilities."

Locally, Magnum built structure including pavilions at Manasota Beach Park and Casperson Beach Park, the Longboat Key facilities building and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

As for the SUV purchase, the new Chevy Traverse will become the lead in the Lakewood fleet. Heise reported, "Mike Longshore (a general maintenance technical III) traced down prices in Florida. This was budged for 2013 and there was approval for staff to purchase a vehicle not to exceed $26,013. The matrix was to identify needs. This is our first passenger vehicle, as previously we had to rent a passenger vehicle, so this will be shared among the staff and when we go to our monthly inspections there will be no need to tailgate each other. We needed it to be able to jump curbs, to be sure the chassis could hold up, and to be good on long-term maintenance so it would have the most longevity. We feel this meets the needs we've identified."

For more information about the Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority, call 941-907-0202.

Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7024.

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