Few bidders and high prices caused the Van Buren board to reject bids for phase one of the Seneca Knolls drainage project, originally scheduled for this winter.
Town Engineer Jim Billings said contractors listed the time of year and product price as the reasons for the few and high bids. Billings added that the company with the reasonable bid asked to be removed from consideration. This left the board with three options: re-bid the contract, force the low bidder to do the work for the price bid or combine phase one with phase two into a package deal to be bid in the spring when phase two was scheduled to be bid. The board decided to reject the existing bids and package and re-bid the project early next year.
Even though the Seneca Knolls road and drainage project is partially funded through Community Development grants, the delay will not effect the town's eligibility to use this year's allotted funds designated for phase one.
Seneca Knolls residents can expect phase one and two of the drainage work to begin in the spring, followed by the beginning phases of paving in August and September.