Ocean City Today

Airport wetland mitigation project will be re-solicited

Initial bids deemed over budget, council advised to reject for lower prices
By Greg Ellison | Apr 05, 2018

(April 6, 2018) With the City Council seeking to lower costs on wetlands mediation work at the Ocean City Municipal Airport, city officials will make a second attempt to solicit bids for a non-tidal wetland project that will satisfy federal, state and local regulatory requirements.

Airport Manager Jamie Giandomenico told the City Council on Monday the project, which includes design and build services for a roughly 5.2-acre off-site wetland area, is required for the airport capital improvement plan to proceed.

“We must create an off-site mitigation area to meet the regulatory requirements associated with the near-term capital improvement plan,” he said.

In mid-March, Giandomenico said two bids for the airport project were opened, but both were higher than anticipated.

At that time, Mallard Creek Estates, based in Ocean City, submitted a $1.5 million bid, while Dover-based George & Lynch came in at approximately $2.74 million.

“Those bid packages were reviewed and tabulated by staff [and] we recommend rejecting and re-advertising,” he said.

In addition to having to follow state and local requirements, the airport must comply with the National Environmental Protection Act to receive federal grants, Giandomenico said.

If state guidelines are satisfied, Giandomenico said the off-site wetland mitigation area project would qualify for funding through the Maryland Aviation Administration.

Project bids will be accepted until April 20 at 4 p.m. and will be opened at a subsequent council work session.

Giandomenico said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maryland Department of the Environment would need to approve the proposed mitigation site.

“Hopefully, we’ll be back to you with better numbers,” he said.

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