Washington Township Generator Bids Come In Over Budget

Officials said they would make a second request for bids and expand their search.

The search for a new emergency generator at the Washington Township Municipal Complex will continue in hopes of finding a more reasonable price, officials decided this week.

The council voted this week to reject the four bids the township had received for a new generator. The bids came in between $148,000 and $196,000, according to Mayor Janet Sobkowicz.

Officials had estimated the generator would cost closer to $115,000, township Administrator Catherine Navarro-Steinel said.

Sobkowicz said they hoped to reach a wider field of bidders this time because they added the Star-Ledger to the list of official newspapers, allowing them to place an ad there.

The township has been renting a generator ever since the old one spewed carbon monoxide into the Police Department, shortly after Hurricane Irene.

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B@B February 27, 2013 at 08:34 PM
A whole-house gas standby generator usually costs a maximum of $10,000 - $12,000. What on earth kind of set up should cost nearly $200,000?????
Joe Taxpayer February 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I know if you were mayor the thing would have been installed for a grand. Run Bob Run. Hope and change
Concerned February 28, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I honestly do not know what the proposed generator SHOULD cost. However there is no reason to believe that our crack government does either.
Heather Castronova March 01, 2013 at 12:21 AM
I would be interested to know the life span of one of the generators and what it is costing to rent one? I would think it would be cheaper to go ahead and purchase one then waste money on a rental?
resident March 07, 2013 at 01:19 AM
is it budgeted?? ops who knows, they haven't updated the current financials


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