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New barrack bids expected soon

April 04, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN --A new round of bids to rebuild a Maryland State Police barrack off Sharpsburg Pike is due this week.

The state is trying again -- and expanding the project -- after last year's bids came in well under the budgeted amount.

Nine eligible bids were submitted last year in the range of $10 million to $12 million, State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo said in November 2009.

Now, another component -- a disaster recovery center -- is being added to the plan, according to Bill Ebare, a capital projects officer for the state police.

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In November, Ebare said the expanded project was expected to cost less than the $15 million budget. That's still true, he said last week.

The current state budget, for fiscal year 2010, includes $10.05 million for the barrack building. Another $5 million was requested for fiscal year 2011.

The 9,200-square-foot state police barrack on the edge of Hagerstown is more than 35 years old.

It would be replaced by a two-story building with 25,755 square feet, split between the two floors. An 11,750-square-foot police barrack would be part of the new building.

Ebare said Tuesday that a pre-bid meeting with prospective contractors was held March 25.

Contractors will have until Friday to bid, although the deadline could be extended, Ebare said.

If the Friday deadline holds firm, the contract might be sent in May or June to the state Board of Public Works for approval, he said. Construction would start in the summer.

Maryland Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.'s company, Myers Building Systems, was one of the 15 original bidders last year. It also was one of six bidders disqualified for not meeting state Minority Business Enterprise program requirements.

Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said Tuesday that his company plans to bid again, since the market for construction work has been light.

Myers said he's following advice from the Maryland General Assembly's ethics counsel -- his company can bid, but he can't be part of the bidding or negotiating before the contract is awarded.

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