Is the state Department of Transportation a separate branch of government that is exempt from the kind of budget controls we've heard so much about?
I'm a local contractor who was not contacted by DOT. I was not given a chance to bid on the original rescue attempt at Sevena Lake swamp, nor the subsequent salvage operation, which they contracted out to Thomas Development for $29,000!
I've never heard of Thomas Development. I could not find them via the yellow pages or online, and my call to Directory Assistance also turned up a blank. I also consulted the Associated General Contractors directory; nothing.
The news story said they moved a 44-ton excavator over from Seward for the job. I have two excavators that size sitting here in Sterling about 6 miles from where they sunk the equipment in the swamp. I could have put the same type machinery they used on the job out there for a daily cost of about $3,800, which means that what they spent could have covered me for about 7 1/2 days!
My company, CIC INC., has been in business right here in Sterling since 1968. We have the equipment, crews, experience, the licenses, insurance and bonding, a well established reputation, and we're listed in all the directories. Wake up, DOT.
Dean R. Robinson
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