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New contractor awarded bid for Clayton River Walk dock project

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CLAYTON — The town of Clayton has discarded the original accepted bid from local contractors to build public docks off of the River Walk. The new 46-slip dock will be built with aluminum instead of steel and for $70,000 less.

The board decided Wednesday to award the contract to GatorDock, Sanford, Fla.

Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said GatorDock originally bid $422,800 for aluminum pontoons and a wooden dock. The price will be lowered to $405,300 by substituting an aluminum dock for the wood.

“We chose the aluminum because we felt it would be the easiest to maintain,” he said.

He said the initial offer to Chippewa Bay Marine Technology, Hammond, was withdrawn because of the company’s noncompliance with its contract. The company’s original bid was for $475,000 to build steel docks.

“The letter of acceptance is withdrawn based on the non-responsive bidder,” Mr. Taylor said. He said Chippewa failed to provide a performance bond within 15 days after receiving the bid. The company was given a 10-day extension, but still failed to comply with contractual obligations.

The council reviewed bids March 10 with the Clayton Local Development Corp. Working Group, Town Engineer Robert J. Campany, St. Lawrence Engineering and Augusta Withington of Fourth Coast Inc.

Mr. Taylor said he sent out requests for proposals for three dock options using specific materials: an aluminum frame with polyurethane floats, an aluminum frame with aluminum floats, and a galvanized steel frame and floats. The town received four bids.

Two bids specified an aluminum frame with polyurethane floats: a $388,800 bid from Structure Marine, Quebec, and a $411,855 bid from GatorDock. The town received a $579,100 bid for an aluminum frame and floats from GatorDock.

Mr. Taylor said construction likely will remain on schedule. Delivery is expected in two parts, the first in July with the gangway, main dock and dock “B” and the second in August with dock “C.”

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