Washington Auditorium

Vendors have until March 25 to submit bids for the city park auditorium door project.

Parks and Recreation director Darren Dunkle said the plan right now is to present the new bids to the park board at the April 3 meeting. Dunkle said the council could vote on the project as early as April 7, but it may not get to a council meeting until April 21.

The door project is once again out for bidding. Earlier this month the council voted 7-1 to reject the original bid.

Seeking to replace the nearly 40-year-old doors at the auditorium, Dunkle presented a bid from Gildehaus Construction to the council at the January administration/operations meeting that would replace the doors at a cost of $58,372 — $27,000 above the $31,000 budget.

In an effort to save some money, the council voted to reject the Gildehaus contract and re-bid the project with different specs.

Those proposed changes would include less expensive “panic” bars on the doors which would reduce the cost by about $11,800; changing from continuous hinges to three butt hinges, a savings of about $3,500; and eliminating 8-inch muntins, leaving full glass on all the doors, a possible reduction of $2,600, councilman Steve Sullentrup said.

The total proposed savings would be about $17,906.35 based on those estimates.