Contractors line up for LED contract info [The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.]
(Pueblo Chieftain (CO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 23--Sixteen electric contractors gathered Friday to hear specifics on whether they can bid for what could be a $2 million Pueblo city contract to install new light-emitting diode street lights this year.
City Councilwoman Sandy Daff was there to question city staff and Black Hills Energy advisers on the contract requirements. Daff said some local companies have complained the requirements are too stringent and will keep them from bidding. There were at least a halfdozen local contractors at the meeting, however. Interested companies have until March 6 to file their qualifications with the city.
The city intends to replace roughly 8,700 sodium street lights with the new LED fixtures. The $6 million plan will eventually save the city about $1 million in street light costs.
Black Hills Energy is the local electric utility and is advising the city on both LED fixture specifications and contractor specifications. One requirement is that every crew working on the fixture replacement be under the supervision of a journeyman lineman, with adequate training on highvoltage lines. Also, the contractor must have completed a significant electric distribution contract in the past.
One contractor, who asked not to be identified, said it was easy enough to acquire the necessary journeyman lineman through the IBEW union once a contractor won the contract. Part of the contract is that 80 percent of the work force must be Colorado residents. Daff said she was pleased to see Pueblo contractors at the meeting but said she remained concerned that a major contract could go to an out-ofcity company.
"I'd like to keep as much of this work local as possible," she said.
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