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Madras Aquatic Center rejects construction bid

Redesign will delay start of the project

   The Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors has announced it will reject the only bid it received for construction of a pool facility and rebid the project in September.
   According to MAC Board Chairman David Evans, negotiations with the only bidder, Robinson Construction of Bend, which bid $8.2 million, failed to reach an agreement.
   Voters approved an $8.1 million bond levy for construction of the pool in November of 2004, but only about $6.5 million was expected to be used for pool construction.
   "We are going to do a little bit of a redesign, try to tighten things up a little bit and rebid the project in September, which of course will delay the project, but we need to be good stewards of the public dollar," said Evans.
   The MAC board and project manager Mike Marino will take a look at the project to see where they can cut costs.
   "We were originally hoping to be pouring concrete by the end of June," said Evans, noting that site work is already complete. "It will probably be October before construction starts. When we do get the contractor, they'll be able to head right up there and start pouring foundation."