H&H Construction given Ortega Channel Retrofit contract

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H&H General Contractors Inc. was awarded the contract for the Ortega Channel Retrofit.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors members are also the board members of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and as the district board members the county supervisors voted 5-0, June 9, to award H&H General Contractors the contract for the Highland company’s bid of $1,888,864. The board also found a lower bid to be non-responsive due to a material irregularity and approved an addendum to the contract which had been issued before the April 1 bid deadline.

The project will replace a section of underground concrete pipe with an underground reinforced concrete box and three access structures. The underground pipe has experienced sediment buildup, so the retrofit will allow maintenance crews to clean the sediment quicker and thus reduce maintenance costs. The project was advertised for bids, Feb. 25. A March 24 addendum addressed material stockpiling.

Fifteen bids were received by the April 1 deadline. The James McMinn Inc. bid of $1,711,105.23 was the only one under the engineer’s estimate of $1,733,060.50, but the bid bond box for the McMinn proposal was not signed by the attorney-in-fact for the surety and the Riverside company’s bid was thus deemed non-responsive. The omission of a bid bond is a material irregularity which cannot be waived by the district. The H&H General Contractors bid was determined to be proper.

The contract will be funded by property tax revenue.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.