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TRC hires GME for soil borings

Members of the LaGrange County Technical Review Committee (TRC) formally signed a contract with GME Testing of Ft. Wayne to perform soil borings on the site of the new LaGrange County Criminal Justice Building.

The testing is to ensure that the land will be suitable for a three-story building with basement, although plans are to construct just a two-story building with basement at this time.

The vote to have TRC President Sarah Farlow sign the contract was unanimous by the four members present for the meeting. Bob Shanahan, Rex Pranger, Farlow and Larry Miller constituted a quorum. Committee members absent were Peter Cook, Travis Glick and Dan Bontrager.

During a discussion of the process for Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP), Pranger said that during a meeting with DLZ Engineering, a firm under consideration for helping the committee draft specifications for RFQ/RFP, it came to light that a firm might spend as much as $80,000 to develop both the RFQ/RFP as a package.

The RFQ is expected to be a document of some 20 pages. The RFP will likely fill a one-inch three-ring binder and will be much more detailed and require much more time and effort to repair. “If we keep the RFQ/RFP as a package, we will likely limit the number of firms that may apply,” Shanahan stated. With that said, a motion was made to rescind the previous TRC action to combine the proposals into one package. The motion passed unanimously. Another motion to proceed with only a RFQ at this time also passed unanimously.

In addition to DLZ, President Farlow has had a response from Interee Design of Indianapolis to help in drafting the specifications. She will be contacting both of these firms and asking for a firm number and sample contract before the July 21 meeting of the board.

A third request for drawing specifications, sent to Progressive Engineering of Goshen, has not received a response.

Committee members voiced a desire to choose a firm for this service at the July 21 meeting.