Notice to Bidders





(PROJECT NO. 7369) 

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the County Auditor of Wright County, Iowa, at their office in the Wright County Courthouse, 115 North Main Street, Clarion, Iowa 50525, until 10:00 a.m. on March 26, 2018 for repairs to the main open ditch of Drainage District 125-49-1, Wright, Franklin, and Hancock Counties.  Plans, specifications and form of contract are on file at the office of the County Auditor and describe the work involved and the conditions under which it is to be performed.  Bids will be opened by the Engineer and the Boards of Supervisors of Wright, Franklin, and Hancock Counties (acting District Trustees) at a meeting to be held in the Courthouse of Wright County at 10:00 a.m. on March 26, 2018.  Said bids will be acted on at a time and date to be determined at said bid opening.  Plans and specifications governing the construction of the proposed improvements have been prepared by CGA, 739 Park Avenue, Ackley Iowa; phone 641-847-3273.  Contractors, sub-contractors, and suppliers may obtain one (1) paper set of the plans, specifications, and contract documents from the engineer at the address stated above upon deposit of $100.00.  A full refund will be made for each set of documents returned to the Engineer’s office within 14 calendar days after the award of the project providing the documents are complete, undamaged, and in reusable condition.  If the contract documents are not returned within fourteen days and/or are not in a reusable condition, the full deposit will be forfeited. Contractors, sub-contractors, and suppliers may obtain one (1) emailed set of plans, specifications, and contract documents from the Engineer at the address stated above upon deposit of $0.00.

The proposed work is located in Sections 27 and 34, Township 93 North, Range 23 West, Wright County and consists of the furnishing of all materials, labor, and equipment to complete the approximate quantities of work, all as described in the plans and specifications and as listed as below. One contract will be awarded for all divisions of this project.

The proposed work consists of approximately 60 stations of open ditch cleanout, surface drains of varying diameters, tile outlets of varying diameters, riprap, removals, seeding, and other associated work.         

All bids must be filed with the CountyAuditor on or before the time herein stated. All bids shall be made on forms furnished by the Owner’s Engineer and contained in the specifications and must be enclosed in a separate sealed envelope and plainly identified. Each proposal shall be accompanied by deposit of cash, bid bond, cashier’s or certified check, or a credit union certified share draft, in a separate sealed envelope in an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the total amount of the bid. The certified or cashier’s check, if used, shall be drawn on a bank in Iowa or a bank chartered under the laws of the United States or said certified share draft should be drawn on a credit union in Iowa or chartered under the laws of the United States; and such check or share draft shall be made payable to the Wright County Auditor as security that if awarded a contract by resolution of said Supervisors, the Bidder will enter into a contract at the prices bid and furnish the required performance and payment bond and certificate of insurance. The deposit of cash shall be retained, certified or cashier’s check or certified share draft may be cashed, or the bid bond redeemed, if the Contractor fails to enter into a contract, or fails to provide a certificate of insurance within ten (10) days after the acceptance of his proposal by resolution of the County Supervisors. No bidder may withdraw a bid within sixty (60) days after the date set for opening bids. If awarded, one (1) contract will be awarded to the lowest, responsive bidder for all divisions of this project.

The successful bidder shall be required to execute a performance and payment bond, with sureties approved by the County Auditor in favor of the Drainage District for the use and benefit of the Drainage District and to all persons entitled to liens for labor or material, in an amount not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the contract price of the work to be done, conditioned for the timely, efficient, and complete performance of his contracts, and the payment, as they become due, of all just claims for labor performed and material used in carrying out the contract. When the contract is executed and the performance bond approved, the certified check, share draft, cash deposited, or bid bond provided with the bid shall be returned to the bidder. The performance bond shall be provided at the time the contract for work is signed.

Payment to the Contractor will be made in monthly estimates of ninety percent (90%) of the work completed during the period as provided in Section 468.100, Code of Iowa.  Pursuant to Sections 468.101 through 468.103, the balance will be paid not less than 30 days after acceptance of the work by the County Supervisors acting as Trustees of the Drainage District.  All payments to the Contractor shall be made by check.  No payments shall be made by drainage warrants.

The work under the proposed contract shall begin within 15 days of the Notice to Proceed.  All work is to be completed by November 30, 2018 including seeding and finishing work.  The Contractor shall pay the said District Five Hundred ($500.00) per day as liquidated damages for each calendar day the work remains uncompleted after the completion date stated above. 

Published upon the order of the Boards of Supervisors of Wright, Franklin, and Counties (acting as District Trustees), who also reserve the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive informalities and technicalities.


Wright County Auditor 
Betty Ellis    

Franklin County Auditor             
Michelle Giddings 

Hancock County Auditor
Michelle Eisenman