The Silverthorne Town Council unanimously voted to put the kibosh, at least temporarily, on constructing new tennis and basketball courts at Rainbow Park.
“The bid we received was about $100,000 above our original budget,” said Silverthorne town engineer Dan Gietzen.
The town budgeted $200,000 this year for the project, but it received only one bid, which totaled $304,843. The high cost of the bid was attributed to contractor workload, increased cost of materials and, in particular, the cost of installing post-tensioned concrete slabs.
“The post-tension concrete is reinforced with steel-bars,” said Bill Linfield, public works director. “It should give the courts a 30-year life span with no cracking. And it would only have to be resurfaced every 10 to 12 years to keep the rough surface intact.”
Linfield said the post-tension construction would allow the courts to have a longer life span in the extreme weather of the High Rockies.
But with town receiving just one bid, and that bid being much higher than the original estimates, the council decided against awarding the bid to Renner Sports Surfaces, and will put the project out for bid again early next year.
“I have a problem with only getting one bid,” said Councilwoman Peggy Long. “We don’t have anything to compare it to.
“I don’t agree with the dollar amount. It’s way over our budget. I don’t think it’s good to do this at this time.”
Others echoed her sentiments.
• “I would be more comfortable if we had three bids,” said Councilman Derrick Fowler. “And this is 50 percent more than expected. You have to be dumb, rich or desperate to take this, and I don’t think we are any of them.”
• “We need to do more homework over the next six to seven months and rebid this out,” added Councilman Russ Camp.
• “I think the design is good,” said Mayor Bruce Butler. “And the post-tension concrete is good for this type of environment.”
But he added this types of project is very seasonally sensitive, and if the town can start the bidding process early next year before similar projects begin again after the thaw, it will draw more competitive bids.
The entire council agreed and voted 7-0 to deny the current bid and go out for bids again early next year.
The town currently runs tennis courts at Trent Park. And despite some cracking in the surface, which was built in 1981, it still gets a lot of usage and has drawn no complaints.