Clinton County Conservation board members opened three bids for constructing a large aquarium for the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center last week, but ran into a new snag. The bids were as follows:
• Art Aquatics, Toledo, Ohio, $220,000;
• Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, Las Vegas, $311,402.50; and
•Aquarium Professional Group, Evanston, Ill., $461,931.
The problem was that each company had bid a different product, so it was back to the drawing board until more information could be obtained.
The architect’s original estimated cost was $225,000.
On the original bid opening date, no bids had been received because specifications had been sent by the architect to the expected bidder’s address as shown on a web page — but the company had moved and by the time the packet reached the firm, there was not time to work up a bid.