The Sturgeon Bay Common Council awarded the bid for the shoreline protection project at Sunset Park to low bidder Payne & Dolan of Waukesha. The six bids received for the project ranged in price from $200,930 to $452,280.
District 5 Alder Gary Nault raised concerns about the winning bid being almost $140,000 lower than the next lowest. Nault said he was convinced it wasn’t an issue once it was explained that Payne & Dolan has a quarry proximate to the construction site in Door County, according to City Administrator Josh VanLieshout.
Steven Parent with Baudhuin Surveying and Engineering, the engineer on the project, recommended the bid and said by letter that he had visited the company’s local quarry to make sure the proposed material met the project specifications.
The project will repair damage at Sunset Park caused by high water and strong winds throughout the fall and spring. The erosion has affected a significant portion of the beach area and lawn and has caused several trees growing on the park’s edge to fall into the water. The project includes installing heavy riprap and other preventive measures on land.