John Scarffe, Nederland. The Town of Nederland Board of Trustees heard a request to rebid the NedPeds project during the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at the Nederland Community Center. No bids were received for the project before the deadline.
According to Town Administrator Alisha Reis, the NedPeds project went to bid on June 6 after the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed final review of the updated construction plans and gave concurrence to bid on May 29. Unfortunately, the project did not receive any bids as of the July 2 bid deadline.
The NedPeds project involves the construction of a pathway with a variety of materials from the RTD lot to the Post Office, Reis said. Bids weren’t received because of competition with flood-damage repairs.
This fact has been communicated to CDOT, which indicated the construction funding could be reserved for the project provided that the Town issues a letter indicating its plans for the project’s future. Given that the bidding season for 2014 is effectively over, Town staff recommended reissuing the bid documents in the first quarter of 2015.
In an effort to be included in contractors’ project planning and to allow for bid prices to hold, staff recommended a target date of February to bid, with the deadline in March. Additionally, the Town issued a Request for Qualifications for Owner’s Representation services to oversee the day-to-day construction work of the project.
Four firms submitted for this work by the deadline. All have indicated they will continue to be interested in the work should the Town rebid the project early next year. The Town may reissue an RFQ for the work again or may negotiate with the short list of respondents.
The Board had asked for a number of revisions in February, 2014, which were incorporated into updated plans that the Board approved on May 6. These changes included redesign to avoid spruce trees and fence relocations on East 2nd Street, as well as work to improve the habitat along the stream and the inlets and outlets.
Reis asked if the Board wished to direct staff to write to CDOT indicating the Town will rebid the project in February 2015. She also wanted to know if the Board wishes to maintain the short list of RFQ respondents for negotiations for the Owner’s Representation work.
Mayor Joe Gierlach recommended talking to the four firms in December and walking through the project in December, with bids released during the first week in January. “You’ll get better pricing,” he said.
Trustee Kevin Mueller said he would like to see more language on oversight of the project and possibly send it out to additional firms. Mayor Gierlach said he would like to see that language in November. The motion to see revised language in November, a walk through in December, and to rebid the project in January was approved.
Nederland Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Hansen Wendlandt provided an update for the Board on the Summer Sandwiches and Socks program taking place this summer at Chipeta Park. The event is intended to fill in support for families and children between distribution days at the Nederland Food Pantry.
Events have occurred on June 12 and 19 and July 10. Remaining events are scheduled for July 17 and 24. As part of the Board’s approval of a fee discount to rent the park for the events, the organizer must provide an update to the Board mid-stream. No complaints have been received about the program since it began on June 12.
Hansen told the Board that the three events so far have involved Nederland churches coming together to assist all ages of kids. “We’re not a getting a lot of young Rainbowish kids,” Wendlandt said.
“The folks we’re getting are taking care of their campsites and taking out the trash.” Wendlandt has been soliciting comments from people around town and park neighbors and has the sense their visitors are the responsible type.
During the Town Administrator’s report to the Board, Reis announced that the Housing Needs Assessment has begun with interviews of 70-plus stakeholders around the community, as well as an overall community survey. The survey link is posted to the Town Web site, www.nederlandco .org (front page), and is being advertised around the community.
The direct link is: https://www. surveymonkey.com/s/NederlandResident. Paper surveys are available at the Community Center and Town Hall, with drop boxes for collection. Surveys will be conducted through the end of July and are anonymous. Preliminary results are anticipated in August, with the full report to follow in September.
Other upcoming events at the Community Center, except for NedFest, include:
Tuesday, July 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Joint session with Planning Commission
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m., Community Resilience meeting
Tuesday, August 5, 7 p.m., Regular Board meeting
Tuesday, August 19, Regular Board meeting
Also: Thursday, August 21, Schools back in session
Weekend, August 22 to 24, NedFest, Guercio Field.