BOYCE — A bid from a private contractor for sidewalk repairs in Boyce was 81% lower than a bid submitted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
Boyce City Council, in a unanimous vote, recently selected Wolfie’s Excavating & Grading of Winchester to carry out the repairs along Old Chapel Avenue between East Crescent and East Main streets.
The decision hinged on Wolfie’s ability to handle the project, City Manager David Winsatt said.
The documents submitted by VDOT and Wolfie’s do not necessarily specify the same type of work.
VDOT projects that it will cost $154,000 to upgrade part of the avenue eight-tenths of a mile in length. The project includes the complete replacement of the sidewalk and the installation of rails that meet federal standards for access for people with disabilities. It also includes maintaining the current section of the road shoulder, but adding a ditch to improve drainage if needed, according to his estimate.
Wolfie’s proposal is to install 417 feet – nearly eight-tenths of a mile – of new concrete and do other necessary site work for $28,847. The price includes stone, concrete, labor and “removal of all unsuitable materials,” the offer says.
Except Wolfie may have lower overhead than VDOT, “I don’t understand” the price difference, Winsatt said after the board meeting.
Overhead costs refer to business expenses that are not directly related to the provision of a product or service. Examples include rent, insurance and utilities.
In a separate matter, the council has hired A Cut Above Landscaping & Lawn Care of Winchester to rid local streets of ice and snow this winter.
The company bid $165 per hour for labor and equipment, plus $835 per salt application on all streets it clears.
Winsatt must give permission before the salt is applied, officials said.
A Cut Above is Boyce’s current snow removal contractor. Winsatt said the hourly price is slightly higher than what the city paid last winter.
Councilman Dennis Hall abstained in the otherwise unanimous vote to hire A Cut Above. He said he would have liked to see a more detailed offer.
The company, however, submitted the only formal offer, Winsatt said.
In addition, council heard that the Boyce Volunteer Fire Company responded to six calls in July.
One was a fire that was not a major incident, business leader Lee Coffelt said. The others were calls to emergency medical services.