Sibley Surveyors to provide services for ‘08 project

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Finish what you have started. Sibley Surveyors Inc. of Gaylord will continue to provide surveying services for the City’s 2008 street and utility improvement project.

That was the unanimous decision of council members at a City Council meeting held earlier this month.

According to City Administrator Kevin McCann, an agreement was made during the first street project that Sibley Surveyors would conduct its work at 3.5% of the project’s cost. Avery Grochow, owner of Sibley Surveyors, told council members that he still agrees to “lock in” at that rate.

Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) was contacted by the City about possibly providing surveying services for this year’s street/utility project, McCann reported. The firm is already providing engineering services for the project. SEH would match Sibley Surveyors’ quote of 3.5% of the project’s cost and cited the ability to have a more streamlined project if all the work is conducted by one firm.

But, communication and a “more streamlined” process didn’t appear to be an issue between Sibley Surveyors and SEH with last year’s street/utility project.

“It’s been working well,” Grochow said.

According to Justin Black of SEH, there were “no problems in communication with the 2007 project.”

Grochow told council members that more than half of the surveying work for this year’s project is complete. Sibley Surveyors has already hired summer help to complete the project, he explained.

Council member Dale Breuer supported Sibley Surveyors and recommended that the City continuing working with the firm for this year’s street/utility project.

City Council President Brenda Pautsch said, “If it is not broke, why fix it.”

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