SEA BRIGHT: The borough's efforts to build a new municipal building have hit a small delay.
During a special meeting on Jan. 30, the council was looking to award a bid for the project. However, all of the bids came in too high, according to Sea Bright Council President Marc Leckstein.
"We had to reject them all as a consequence and go back out to rebid without the PLA (project labor agreement)," Leckstein said.
The borough received 14 bids for the work with lowest bid submitted by Hassert Construction for $7.6 million. There are bid alternates which would lower the base bid price by omitting certain features of the complex or changing materials such as going from an aluminum roof to fiberglass shingles.
Leckstein said the PLA requires union labor for all aspects of the project, but the borough does not have to guarantee union labor, just union wages in the re-bid which will take place in the coming weeks.
"The bids came in very close to our threshold, so our professionals feel confident that we should be able to come in below the threshold without the PLA," Leckstein said.
Leckstein added that the borough's beach pavilion project is a non-PLA project and is coming in under budget.
He said he is confident that the municipal building project will move forward after the re-bid without any problems.
"We will build a new municipal building, this is just a small bump in the road," he said.
The municipal complex will be located in the footprint of the old Sea Bright Police Department and fire house at the southern end of the municipal parking lot where police trailers are currently housed.
It will serve as meeting and vehicle storage space for the police, fire departments and EMS. Borough functions such as the clerk's office, planning and zoning and tax collection office will also be located in the complex.
The first floor will have seven bays for emergency vehicles including fire apparatus and ambulances. It will also have space for several police and fire functions including a booking room and holding cell. There will be several large bay doors on either side of the building and a parking lot for police vehicles to east.
The second floor will have additional offices, meetings rooms and storage space for the police and fire departments as well as the municipal offices. There will be a small floor above that all have mechanical and storage space.