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Anonymous tip could save S'side Port District $100,000

An anonymous tip alerting the Sunnyside Port District of a bid error could end up saving the Port an estimated $100,000 on the Midvale Road improvement project.

"We don't know who sent in the note, but we are thankful for the heads up," said Port Manager Amber Hansen.

She said the note suggested the Port check the numbers which had been used to calculate the estimated quantity of crushed surface materials to be used on the Midvale Road project.

The indication was that the calculation error may have caused the Port to overpay for the material, Hansen explained.

Hansen immediately researched the tip, finding that an error had been made in estimating the number of cubic yards needed for the project. She said the bid had called for a larger quantity of the material than what was really needed. The error had not been caught by the engineers or bidders until now.

"The Port will be receiving credit for the overpayment on our next billing," Hansen said.

"We don't know exactly how much the credit will be, but we are estimating it to be in the neighborhood of $100,000," she said.

"We are very thankful for the watchful eye of the person who brought this oversight to our attention," Hansen said. "It will save the Port and the taxpayers money on the project."

Hansen said the error may have been caught at the end of the project, when all calculations are reviewed and estimated bid amounts are compared to actual quantities used.

"The good news is that we have people in our community who are willing to bring this type of question to our attention. We appreciate their assistance," she added.

Hansen said the Midvale Road improvement project is expected to be completed by the first of May.

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