In July, 2013, a request for contractor's to submit bids for the MPOA Sediment Drying Facility (SDF) was sent out by the MPOA directly to qualified construction firms. The request was also published in the Northwest Herald, and was posted on commercial bid solicitation websites.
In August, 2013, two (2) bids for the construction of the Sediment Drying Facility (SDF) were received, with those bids then reviewed by the MPOA Lake Restoration Consultant and the MPOA attorneys.
The MPOA Lake Maintenance Commission reviewed the two SDF bids received, and based on input from the MPOA Consultant / Attorney, recommended that the MPOA Board vote to award the contract to the low bidder, Copenhaver Construction, Inc., for their base bid amount of 2,659,181. The proposed SDF construction contract had already been prepared, reviewed, and approved by the MPOA Consultant / Attorney.
On September 7, 2013, the MPOA Board of Directors held a Special Meeting to consider the Lake Maintenance Commission's recommendation. Following discussion, the MPOA Directors voted by a 37 YES and 26 NO margin to accept the Copenhaver Bid and to enter into a contract with them.
- Voting YES: Hickory Falls 1 & 2, Lookout Point, Wildwood, Wonder Center, Deep Springs Woods, Shore Hills, Wooded Shores, St. Francis Heights, Sunrise Ridge, White Oaks Bay and Wonder Woods.
- Voting NO: Hickory Falls III, Highland Shores, Indian Ridge, and Sunrise Ridge Estate subdivisions and the Mathews Un-subdivided Properties. (Deep Spring Woods Country Club and the McGuire Properties were not represented at the Special Meeting)
The final IEPA permit for the project to start was received on October 10, 2013 and construction of the SDF is scheduled to start in October 2013.
If the SDF can be completed this fall, the MPOA will then go out for bid on the dredging over the coming winter, to allow the dredging to occur in 2014.