FARMINGTON — Removing the asbestos in the old main branch library in Farmington is going to cost Davis County about $24,000 more than the lowest bid.
The apparent low bidder for the project left out some critical information in their bid, leaving Davis County little choice but to take the next-lowest bid.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission issued notice of award to Abate X Environmental Services Inc. of Smithfield. The Cache County-based company submitted a bid of $63,897 for the work.
The bid submitted by the company was the second-lowest of five bids.
The apparent low bidder was “unresponsive,” having left out of the bid critical information pertaining to the project, said Barry Burton, Davis County director of planning.
Burton is serving as the county’s manager on the project.
“This one is still under our budget, so we’re in good shape," Burton told the commission regarding having to accept the second-lowest bid.
The county has budgeted $100,000 for the work, Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings said.
The asbestos in the old county library has to be removed before the building can be torn down, and a parking lot go in.
The old library, built in 1964, is directly east of the Memorial County Courthouse at 28 E. State St. in Farmington.
The bids the county received for the work ranged from a high of $104,000, to the apparent low bid of $39,878, according to officials.
The asbestos removal should take place in February, Burton said, with the building set to be razed sometime in March.
It is the intent of county officials to have the old building removed from the campus and a new parking lot in its place by the end of spring, officials said.
Once the old library is razed, it will open up additional space for parking on the county campus.
The county campus consists of the new $1.8 million Children’s Justice Center, the $15.7 million Davis County Administrative Offices and the new $4.6 million Davis County Main Branch Library.