Local company to build Pueblo West fire station after highest bidder fails to show

A local construction company won a $3.5 million contract to build a new fire station in Pueblo West on Monday after the preferred bidder – a northern Colorado company – failed to show up to present. his offer to the Pueblo West Subway Council.

After Golden Triangle Construction of Fredrick was absent from the meeting, the board voted unanimously to award the contract to Nunn Construction.

Nunn’s Pueblo division manager Vinnie Mattivi said the company is assembling a team that “has a long-term commitment” and includes members who “live just down the street” hence the new barracks of Pueblo West Fire Department 2 will be built.

Mattivi pointed out that 86% of Nunn’s workload comes from repeat customers. Although Nunn built fewer fire stations than the preferred bidder, “it’s not the type of project that matters, it’s the process that we bring,” Mattivi said.

A committee of firefighters and architects initially recommended that the council hire Golden Triangle Construction for the job, after determining it had the strongest bid. Pueblo West Fire Division Chief Tim Mitchell said the committee’s recommendation was based on Golden Triangle’s experience building 48 fire stations.

However, council member Nick Madero indicated at the last council meeting that he would like the award to be given to a local contractor. The council therefore asked to hear the presentations of the two best bidders on Monday.

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“I’m disappointed Golden Triangle didn’t show up to represent themselves. A multi-million dollar contract should be worth showing up for,” said board member Jami Baker Orr.

Board Vice Chairman Doug Proal and Chairman Kim Swearingen also expressed disappointment.

“I’ve evaluated many proposals and if someone isn’t willing to show up, no matter how many times you ask them to, it’s probably not worth spending our new tax on them. “said Swearingen. “We must represent the best interests of taxpayers.

Board member Joe Mahaney asked if the company had been promised the job, saying he felt Golden Triangle “felt like they were picked for the contract a while ago. for a long time”.

But the company was only presented “with the intention of awarding a contract,” which was contingent on board approval, said Emily Padilla, a procurement analyst for the district.

Construction of the fire hall will be funded by a one-cent voter-approved sales tax collected since January 1, 2021. It will be located near the Kathmando General Store, 607 S. McCulloch Blvd., and will serve the southwest region of Pueblo West.

Weed complaints are the focus of citizen feedback

In other cases, council heard from two concerned citizens who complained about unsightly weeds in the neighborhood.

“I am a rabid and tenacious detective and weed killer,” said Harry Singleton, a local resident who has worked as a licensed weed expert for more than 30 years. “Pueblo County said they have no intention of helping with weeds and that pisses me off.”

Singleton volunteered to arm himself with a knapsack sprayer and tend to some of the smaller weed patches in the district.

Another resident, Bernadette Warren, said when she moved to Pueblo West in 1986, expensive landscaping was needed. She said the new owners let their weeds grow and it appears the district is unwilling to enforce its codes.

Complaints about weeds are among those district council members hear about “every day,” Baker Orr said, noting that a big part of the problem is that the district is understaffed. She urged residents to use the My Pueblo West App to point out problem areas.

“When these people volunteer, we should jump at that opportunity. It’s a dream and they’re doing it because they love where they live,” Baker Orr said.

Proal highlighted the cost of enforcing the code and noted that the district’s budget hasn’t changed in years. “It’s the reality that we are a special district that is experiencing a lack of funds,” he said.

A new home for offices in the metro district

The Pueblo West Metro Board held a special meeting Friday to discuss purchasing the former ReMax building at 19 E. Abarr Drive in Pueblo West to house district offices. The old district headquarters was destroyed in March 2019 by a bomb cyclone.

The council has since rented office space to accommodate district employees.

“We still hope to buy the building. We went ahead and offered to contract with a real estate attorney who negotiates with the seller,” Swearingen said.

“We’ll see how it goes. They (the sellers) seem a bit rushed, but we don’t like to rush things and we want to make sure we’re doing our due diligence,” she said.

According to the Pueblo County Assessor’s website, the two-story building was constructed in 1995 and is owned by PW Investorama LLC. It is listed as having a total valuation of $518,400.

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Tracy Harmon, Chief Reporter, covers business news. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

Michael J. Chiaramonte