SISTERS, OR -- Landscaping in and around the Sisters roundabout will be delayed, as the city puts the project out to bid for a second time. Public Works Director Paul Bertagna tells KBND News, "We think it's due to the late-summer-everyone-being-busy bidding climate, that we only received one bid; and it was about $88,000 over budget." The federally funded project was originally budgeted at $225,000.
Bertagna asked Sisters City Councilors, Wednesday night, to allow him to break the project into at least two pieces, "What we need to do, out of fairness to the contractors, is value engineer the project, split it into multiple portions that make sense to the contracting community, and then put it out to bid in a different form to make it easier for contractors to bid."
Changing the bidding process will cost the city, "We do have to re-advertise, not just across the state, but federally," says Bertagna, "So that, and with some of the engineering work and document rewrite, it's going to be about an additional $4,000." But, he believes it's worth it to get the project done correctly, with the right contractor, "It's an important project, not only for our city, but we consider the highway entrance into our town to be a gateway into Central Oregon, so we want to impress upon the tourist community coming over here that we do things the right way."
Bertagna says The value engineering process should be complete by the end of the week, sending the project back out to bid for a new three-week window.
Photo: Aerial view of the Sisters Roundabout, shortly after completion in 2017.