Rapid City will pay extra on a project after accepting a contractor's new bid. The city council was prepared to accept R.C.S. Construction's bid of $585,048 for a project on the Water Reclamation Facility. However, R.C.S. came back saying the bid had a typographic error where a $66,000 cost was recorded as $6,600. Under state law, Rapid City could either accept the bid and R.C.S. would be responsible for paying 10 percent of the bid amount if it could not complete the project, or reject all bids and pay to have the project re-listed for bidding. However, R.C.S. owner Robert Scull and other contractors argued there is precedent for withdrawing bids made in error.
The Rapid City Journal reports the Rapid City Council chose to reject the bids and start the process again. R.C.S. still had the lowest bid, now at $739,295. Although this is about $94,000 higher than the original bid, if the typographic error was corrected, the estimates of Banner Associates had also increased by $100,000. The city council voted to award R.C.S. with the project.
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