Richland Public Facilities District officials have learned there was only one bid submitted by a contractor to begin work on the first phase of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, and it's more expensive than expected.
The board meets in an open session at 5 p.m. Monday at Richland City Hall to hear a report from Public Works Director Pete Rogalsky on why the only bid, which is from Kennewick contractor Apollo, may not be accepted and what the options are.
Board member Rick Jansons said he expects Apollo officials will explain their bid amount.
Richland has a federal highway grant for some of the project.
"I think it has to be started by the end of the summer. That's the urgency," Jansons said.
The Richland council meets Tuesday, when Rogalsky is expected to recommend Apollo's bid be rejected.
"Just because this is urgent doesn't mean doing something that isn't prudent. We will take the time to do it correctly," Jansons said.
On Tuesday, the Reach Interpretive Center and facilities district staff plan an open house at their new office at 229 Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
The public is welcome to attend from 4 to 6 p.m. Reservations should be made with Dianna Millsap at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 943-4100.