City Finance Director Robert Aguilar recommended that the job go to Cuevas Construction of Beeville after his bid for $145,007 came in under the other six companies who offered proposals.
The price will include the cost of the company providing insurance for the project.
The city will receive $170,000 in 4B sales tax money to have the cart paths built and City Manager Ford Patton said any left over funds should be spent on improving the finished product.
Patton recommended that the council eventually approve expanding some of the passing lanes already designed for the paths. One council member mentioned the possibility of building parking places for carts but Aguilar said the plans already included parking areas.
Three Beeville companies submitted proposals for the project, including F&V Improvements which submitted a proposal of $197,000 with insurance paid and Cano Construction which had a bid of $158,000. Cano’s bid did not include insurance.
Others bidding for the job were Hajek Construction of San Antonio, Oro Construction Co. of Rockport and Garrett Construction Co. of Ingleside.
The other company which contacted the city was DHR&GC Construction of West Jordan, Utah, but that company did not include a turnkey bid.
Council members asked if the Cuevas company is reputable and Aguilar said it is the company is building the curbs, gutters and sidewalks along East Houston Street.
“Apparently TxDOT (the Texas Department of Transportation) thinks it is,” Aguilar said.
Aguilar told council members that the concrete work on the East Houston Street project is expected to be completed in weeks and company owner Jeremy Cuevas said his crew should be able to start on the cart paths then.
Aguilar said construction on the paths should take about six weeks to complete if the weather cooperates.
Councilman Mike Scotten made the motion to hire the company and that motion was seconded by Councilwoman Libby Spires. The motion passed unanimously.