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$2.9M nature park goes before Fairfield council

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From page A3 | June 29, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A $2.9 million contract for the Dunnell Nature Park and Education Center goes before Fairfield City Council members Tuesday with a recommendation for approval and awarding the work to a San Joaquin County contractor that submitted the low bid for the project.

The center and grounds will be home to the “Life After School” program at Rolling Hills Elementary School and serve as an education site for local agencies and environmental stewards, according to a city staff report.

Homes of the Dunnell family, which once owned all the land where the Rolling Hills subdivision was built, are on the 7.8-acre site. The family trust bequeathed the site to the city for recreation and education.

Renovating the main residence into a nature education center, demolishing a second residence because of seismic issues and building an adventure play zone are part of the project.

A total of $1.3 million Nature Education Facility grant funds along with Assembly Bill 1600 park funding will pay for the project.

Diede Construction of Woodbridge was the low bidder among 12 the city received. The high bid for the work was $3.6 million.

A facility operated by the Girl Scout Council of Napa-Solano opened in 2005 at the site.

City Council members meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber at 1000 Webster St.

Contact Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • YouGotToBeStiffingMeAgainJune 29, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Could the city council please spend some money and repair some of the streets in Fairfield? Then spend some more money and sweep the streets of Fairfield? I really need those two things much more than I need a Nature Park and Education Center.

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  • patrickJune 29, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    awarding the work to a San Joaquin County contractor ? What's wrong with a local contractor? Has everybody here have a job? We do have a homeless problem. If it costs a little more so be it. Its all our tax money. We're talking about 2.9 million here

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  • MikeJune 29, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, regardless of where they are from. Local companies either didn't submit a bid, or their bid was undercut by this other company. Hey, I agree, but that's the way the process works.

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  • patrickJuly 01, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Know that mike, but after 30 years in construction I also know the real factor for being awarded a bid. High bid of $ 3.6 mil. ---low bid of $2.9 mil . that's a lot of money left on the table Wonder who picked it up.

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  • patrickJuly 01, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Know that mike. After 30 years in construction I wonder about one thing. high bid of $3.6 mil--- low bid of $2.9 mil. That's a bunch of money left on the table. Wonder who picked it up?

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