Ripon Se­nior Cen­ter park­ing lot work is mov­ing for­ward

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

The Ripon Se­nior Cen­ter Park­ing Lot project will go on as ac­cord­ing to plan.

The Ripon City Coun­cil awarded the con­tract that in­cludes hand­i­cap ramps and side­walks to Tay­lor Back­hoe Ser­vice, Inc. at Tues­day’s monthly meet­ing.

The fam­ily-owned con­struc­tion com­pany from Merced was one of five bid­ders project, En­gi­neer­ing Su­per­vi­sor James Pease said.

At $218,149, Tay­lor Back­hoe Ser­vice was the low bid­der, beat­ing out Ge­orge Reed Inc. ($261,855), Cal­i­for­nia High­way Con­struc­tion Group Inc. ($281,035), FBD Van­guard Con­struc­tion Inc. ($311,826), and Richard Townsend Con­struc­tion Inc. ($314,766).

All bids were re­ceived on March 5. Pease in­di­cated that the work in­cludes ap­ply­ing a “type II” slurry seal on the

Ripon Se­nior Cen­ter park­ing lot and in­stalling ADA ac­ces­si­ble hand­i­cap ramps and side­walk in the res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood ad­ja­cent to Ripon High.

The only ques­tionable part was the dol­lars and cents. The project is be­ing funded us­ing $203,391 from the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant.

The Street and Road Fund would han­dle the bal­ance, with Pease leav­ing it up for dis­cus­sion to elected lead­ers on pos­si­ble change or­ders.

Coun­cil, in­stead, agreed to go on as orig­i­nally planned, tak­ing $14,757 from the Street and Road Fund, which had bal­ance of about $2 mil­lion as of Jan. 31.

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