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Sound Off: Moving contract

I see that the moving company hired to move the library is not a local company. Who determined what company was hired? Were the Lawrence-based moving companies allowed to bid the move?

John Wilkins of Gould Evans, the architectural firm on the $18 million library project, provided this answer: The library, in conjunction with Gould Evans, solicited proposals from moving companies that had relevant experience moving libraries, including local moving companies. Interviews were held with the two companies that provided the lowest bids, including a local company. It was the consensus of the library, Gould Evans and the city that the best value for the library was to proceed with Beltmann out of Lenexa.


Bob_Loblaw 5 years, 5 months ago

People scream about the cost of the library....then they'll scream about spending to much on whomever does the moving.....then they'll also scream about not using a local company....then...

The endgame will always have someone unhappy.

fearsadness14 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm going to laugh when we end up with a similar library to what we had with a ginormous parking garage attached and people start complaining that we didnt do enough!

MarcoPogo 5 years, 4 months ago

What's going to be hilarious is when all of the construction is done and the taxpayers find out that the library has been transformed into a new pizza place.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 4 months ago

sadly, this has become all too common. I remember writing a letter to the editor several years ago regarding this very problem when an out of town contractor was hired to do all the restoration work on the Carnegie Building. In the midst of a recession, when all too many crews are actively out looking for work, we farm our work out to other cities. This city is absent a sense of self-reliance and survival. We often forget the economic benefit that can come from taking a slightly higher bid and keeping the work in town.

colicole81 5 years, 4 months ago

My family runs a local service business that has been in operation for over 20 years. Sadly many of our Lawrence based competitors have gone out of business in the past year. We continue to guarantee competitive pricing, quality products and superior service, however we notice time and again that Topeka and Kansas City companies are being contracted to complete jobs within our field. Sadly, we are not even give the chance to place a bid. Most recently we have noticed that the Lawrence Library, the Lawrence Community Shelter and the Lawrence Fire Department have been contracting with companies from outside the community. That's right your tax dollars are being sent out of Lawrence when there are many competent companies right here! Then people wonder why so many are forced to commute just to find work!

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