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Fire cleanup bid might be awarded next week

Work could take 2 weeks, according to most estimates

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 10:56 a.m. CDT

PROPHETSTOWN – Prophetstown has opened bids to clean up rubble from last month’s downtown fire and could award a contract for the work next week.

The town received five bids, Mayor Steve Swanson said, which were opened Thursday. Now, the town will talk with the building owners to see how much and what type of insurance each has before awarding a contract, which could happen during an Aug. 13 council meeting.

The lowest bid came from Fischer Excavating in Freeport, Swanson said, for $207,306.23. The highest bid came from C&S Excavating in Mount Carroll for $472,000.

Most bids estimate it will take 2 weeks to clean up the ruins of eight downtown buildings destroyed in the July 15 fire, Swanson said.

Other bids came from Martin Excavating in Oregon for $213,500, Burke Excavating in Tampico for $234,457, and Northern Illinois Service Co. in Rockford for $272,575.

The city solicited the bids, but the buildings’ owners will pay for the cleanup.

To attend

The Prophetstown City Council next meets at 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at City Hall, 339 Washington St.

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