FAIRFIELD — A $2.7 million low bid for the Dunnell Nature Park off Hilborn Road should be awarded and a protest by a labor-management cooperative denied, the city staff recommends to City Council members who meet Tuesday.
The Northern Electrical Construction Industry Labor Management Cooperative Trust labor management trust based in Alameda County contends that low bidder D.L. Falk Construction in Hayward has had a history of labor violations on public works projects.
But Fred Beiner, manager of park planning for Fairfield, stated that various allegations by the labor management trust are minor, some of them apply to subcontractors rather than Falk and that Falk Construction contests at least one of the claims.
The city received seven bids ranging from Falk’s low bid of $2.7 million to a high bid of $3.5 million.
An attorney for Falk Construction wrote to Fairfield that the labor management group introduced no evidence to support its claims and that Falk Construction’s two decades of experience as a public works general contractor counter the assertions.
The labor management group describes itself as working to ensure fair bidding in public contracts and monitoring more than 1,000 public construction projects yearly.
The Dunnell family bequeathed the 7.8-acre property to the city for recreation and education. The project includes renovating the main residence at the site into a nature center and demolishing a second family residence because of seismic issues.
An Education Center is planned as part of the park construction. The center and grounds will be the site of the Life After School Program for Rolling Hills Elementary .
Construction authorization will be $3 million, which is the bid amount plus a 10 percent contingency, according to the city staff.
Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at the Civic Center, 1000 Webster St. in Fairfield.
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