What appears to be a
small washout on Paradise Road “blows
commissioners’ minds” when the fix came in
Sublette County Commissioners awarded
the bid to Avail Valley Construction
out of Afton during the June 16 County
Aaron Seehafer, with Rio Verde
Engineering, said two Sublette County
contractors and one contractor from out of
county attended a mandated pre-bid meeting.
On the day bids were due, only one bid was
submitted – by Avail.
Seehafer said the bid came in below the
engineer’s $750,000 estimates.
Commissioner Joel Bousman said the cost
to repair the small washout “blows his mind.”
Seehafer said a pile driver must be brought
in to stabilize the 40-foot embankment and
only one or two companies in the state have the
equipment. Avail will subcontract that work
out to Reiman Construction from Cheyenne.
Curb and gutter will be added to divert
water to the all the way to the bottom of the
hill and stop it from washing out the side
above the New Fork River. In addition, the
bank of the river will be reinforced more than
200 feet upriver to keep in from eroding the
hill under the road.
The contract to build the Daniel Fire Station
and Road and Bridge Shop was also awarded
to an out-of-county contractor.
A Pleasant Construction, Inc., from Green
River, was awarded the contract for $3.36
Todd Hurd, owners’ representative with
Forsgren and Associates, said the bid was
$230,000 lower than the second bid by BH,
Inc. and $700,000 less than the third bidder of
West Fork Construction, Inc.
Hurd said, despite being from out of county,
four of the six subcontractors for the project
would be from Sublette County.
The county received a $1-million State
Land Investment Board grant for the project.
Original estimates for the project exceeded
$4 million. As part of the contract, Sublette
County will provide a backup generator and
the exhaust system for the building rather than
include those in the bid because a general
contractor typically adds 15 percent of the
cost. The bid does not include engineering
costs that have been previously paid to
Forsgren and Associates and the electrical
The vote to award the contract was
Bousman, Mack Rawhouser and David
Burnett in favor, Tom Noble abstained because
his employer is one of the subcontractors and
Doug Vickrey opposed.
Since becoming a commissioner, Vickrey
has argued that the fire hall is not needed and
is an unnecessary expense.
Earlier in the meeting, commissioners
made concessions to break work on South
Cottonwood Road into multiple projects after
Sublette County contractors were unable to
get bonds large enough to cover one large
In the future, the road repairs will be
referred to as Phase One, Phase Two and
Phase Three. Phase One will be completed
The estimated costs for the full Phase Two
project were $2.5 million.
Seehafer said Phase One did not get many
bidders and local contractors indicated it was
too large to get the mandated bonds.
Road and Bridge Supervisor Billy Pape said
the entire Phase Two project was budgeted for
this year and funds would roll over.
In other action:
• Leases with Main Street Pinedale were
approved for areas of the courthouse lawn
on Thursdays for the High Altitude Farmers
Market. A second lease was approved for
• The date for the Sublette County Board
of Equalization to meet was moved from Aug.
25 to Friday, Aug. 28. Only one appellant
remains with a tax appeal on file.
• A contract was approved with Greenwood
Mapping. While the work was previously
approved, a formal contract was not signed.