ANDERSON — The bids for a proposed fountain in downtown Anderson are expected to be rejected by the Anderson Board of Public Works.

Pete Heuer, chairman of the Board of Public Works, said Tuesday that the recommendation from the Engineering Department is to reject all bids because they came in over the estimated cost of the project.

The board is expected to formally reject the bids at the Aug. 12 meeting.

Heuer said the city intends to advertise again for quotes with changes in the fountain mechanism.

A decorative fountain is planned for the southwest corner of 14th and Main streets as part of beautification improvements proposed for Jackson Street between Eighth Street and the railroad tracks south of 14th Street.

The Anderson Redevelopment Commission approved $88,000 for the fountain project with the city utility department providing $20,000 of the work.

M.K. Betts Engineering submitted a base bid of $104,900 and a total bid of $114,050 when alternate bids were considered. Partners in Concrete submitted a base bid of $127,975 and a total bid of $118,301 and Pridemark Construction had a base bid of $109,700 and a total bid of $118,676.

The alternate bids were additional benches, a law irrigation system and a deduction for the fountain equipment.

M.K. Betts was awarded a contract in the amount of $1,141,303 for the work on Jackson Street.

The project includes sidewalk repair and replacement with a row of bricks along the street, decorative lighting, green space and tree plantings. The crosswalks at the street intersections will be brought into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a 2015 Ford F-150 and GMC Acadia for the Water Pollution Control department.

Ryan Paschal with the department said only Ford Autoworld submitted the only quote. He said other dealerships were asked to quote, but didn’t respond.

The F-150 cost is $25,469 after a trade-in allowance of $1,000 and the price of the Acadia is $27,581 after a $1,300 trade-in allowance.

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