The Sheridan County Commission decided to go with an out-of-state contractor to build the new 8-unit hangar at the county-owned airport in Sheridan.
The bid was awarded to Ultimate Steel Erection, Inc. of Idaho, for nearly $114,000. The award was approved during a recent meeting of the council, with no public discussion, because the commissioners decided the issue had already been covered during an airport meeting with airport manager John Stopka.
The other two bids were $8,000-$63,000 higher. So, even with the five percent resident bidder preference applied, the company from Idaho was the low bidder. But both of the other bidders, Wright Brothers and KWN Construction, did not comply with state statutes, which limit subcontracting to non-resident contractors by a successful resident bidder to 30 percent of the work.
As a result, if either of the companies had been low, the county would have been forced to reject the bid for failure to comply with state statute. The low bid was still $8,700 over the engineer's estimate. However, there are sufficient contingency funds built into the project to cover the increased cost.