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Elevator bid discussed by finance committee

City Council’s finance committee Tuesday held off on a recommendation to have the City Hall elevator replaced in a $312,828 contract to Otis Elevator Co. until it is reviewed by the city legal counsel.

Otis’ scope of work in the bid does not include the accessible upgrades to the exterior doors, according to Jon Sander, city engineer.

Lundy Construction bid $552,268 and it was all-inclusive, adding the cost of the additional doors and electrical work, Sander said.

“We have to replace our elevator as per consent decree,” Sander said. It includes overhauling it to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The decree was an agreement to avoid a lawsuit with the Center for Independent Living Roads to Freedom.

Councilwoman Liz Miele asked for a review by Austin White, a city counselor, to determine which company is the lowest bidder based on the totality of the contract.

“I’m curious why didn’t Otis give same details in terms of what is going on inside the elevator itself,” Councilwoman Bonnie Katz asked.

Miele said in the future any contractor should have option of bidding the entirety of the work.

“That is not how it happened so there is nothing we can do there,” she said.

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