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Tacoma Totem Pole Contract: Going Once… Going Twice…
After receiving only one bid for the work to prop up a 110-year-old totem pole, this week the City of Tacoma re-released the bid opportunity.
Last year we found out that the Tacoma Totem Pole standing in Fireman's Park was structurally unsound. There was some debate over what could be done for the historic artifact, including some discussion of whether the most respectful thing would be to let it rot. Ultimately the decision was made to keep it upright, reinforced with a single steel support, attached to the totem pole with steel plates and bolts.
In February the City released a request for bids to complete the work, with an estimate of $50,000. The Tacoma Daily Index reports that only one response came back, at $63,100. Not satisfied with that result, the City re-released the bid on April 9 with a quick turn-around time - responses are due by April 16.
If we can't get the work done for under $50,000, should the City reconsider saving the pole, or is its preservation worth the additional cost?
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