VACAVILLE — A Livermore company should be awarded a $2 million contract for a public works project despite another bidder’s assertion that the company failed to list license numbers of subcontractors as required by law, the city staff recommends.
Steven Hartwig, public works director for Vacaville, said in a report to the City Council that while a new law requires listing such license numbers, bidding forms provided companies ask only for names and locations of subcontractors – not license numbers.
“Mountain Cascade did what the bidding requirements demanded, by using the project-bidding forms,” Hartwig said in the report of the low bidder from Livermore.
He said a bid is responsive if a discrepancy is inconsequential and does not affect the bid amount, provide an advantage, allow favoritism or influence other companies to refrain from bidding.
Con-Quest Contractors, whose $2.1 million bid was the second-lowest among six companies on the sewer lift station project and masonry building at 313 Brown St., challenged the bid award to Mountain Cascade.
Hartwig said Vacaville would not have relied upon license numbers of subcontractors even if Mountain Cascade provided them, because the city confirms such information with the Contractors State License Board.
“At worst,” he stated, “the omission could be viewed as a minor inconvenience for city staff.”
Con-Quest Contractors contends the city has no discretion to allow the information to be omitted, Hartwig notes in the report.
The public works director also said the $2 million low bid is 37 percent higher than the engineer’s estimate of $1.5 million as provided by NV5, the city’s consultant. The difference partly indicates an economic recovery in construction, Hartwig added.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber at 650 Merchant St.
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