Bids by construction companies for a project to stabilize the banks of Virden Creek along the Waterloo, Iowa golf course have nearly doubled the city council’s initial cost estimates. An initial estimate came to $109,262, but the five bids came in at over $200,000 each.
Bids for an erosion-control project at the Gates Park Golf Course are rolling in higher than expected, the Waterloo (Iowa) WCF Courier reported.
Leisure Services Director Paul Huting said the future of the work at the Waterloo, Iowa club, which involves stabilizing the banks of Virden Creek, may be in doubt after bids opened December 17 by the City Council came in at nearly double the estimated construction costs, the Courier reported.
“Obviously we’ll have to decide whether to proceed with the project,” Huting said.
Robinson Engineering had estimated the cost of the work at $109,262, to be funded with bonds set aside for golf course improvements. But the five bids ranged from $201,551 from JB Holland Construction Inc., of Decorah, Iowa, to $267,815 from Peterson Contractors Inc., of Reinbeck, Iowa, the Courier reported.
Robinson Engineering’s Monica Smith, who will review the bid documents, said the project may have been unusual for the contractors.
“They might be thinking it’s more complicated than it really is,” Smith said.
Severe erosion along Virden Creek has threatened some playing portions at the golf course. The plan was to use retaining walls and turf reinforcement matting to shore up the banks where the creek cuts through the municipal links, the Courier reported.