City Rejects All Bids For Drought Tolerant Landscape Projects

Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

Glendora officials will soon seek new offers from landscaping companies after initial bids received far exceeded the allotted budget.

The city received four sealed bids September 10 as part of its plan to meet the water conservation project deadline of February 2016, but one of the bids was disqualified due to improperly submitted paperwork. The three remaining bids were far more expensive.

Officials sought bids from landscaping contractors in August to help complete its list of water conservation projects with an approved budget of $338,749 for turf removal, design and installation of the new landscaping.

The Community Services Commission approved July 16 a list of 12 projects at city parks and facilities to remove turf and install drought tolerant landscaping in lightly-used areas that would not affect the use of land.

Bids were sought to help complete projects at Finkbiner Park, Glendora City Hall, the La Fetra Center, Glendora Police Department, Transportation Center and Transit Plaza.

La Verne-based ACE CD, Inc. submitted the lowest bid of $284,000, but reportedly failed to submit required documentation and was disqualified, City Staff said.

The next lowest bid, by Cleancut Landscape from Auburn, California, was nearly $100,000 higher.

“We’ll go back to the drawing board, make some changes to our proposal and then reissue another bid,” said La Shawn Butler, Community Services director. “Our requirements of the vendors may be tweaked a little bit … wherever we can cut out some of the tasks we’re asking them to do.”

New bids will be solicited in the coming weeks, City Staff said.