The Rialto Square Theatre received one bid to install new doors, and it was close to the same amount as the grant provided to pay for the project.
Wunderlich Doors’ bid of $30,648 was accepted subject to review by the Rialto’s building engineer.
The bid was opened at the Wednesday board meeting, a day after the Rialto issued a news release announcing a grant that would pay for new doors and a security system at the theater. The Rialto did not identify the amount of the grant in its release, but it was for $32,000.
The board voted, 7-0, to approve the bid after some discussion.
“How do we know if it’s a good bid or not if it’s the only one?” asked board member Tom Osterberger, adding that he did not question the bidder.
“A lot of our contractors tend to be good to the Rialto,” Osterberger said.
Rialto Executive Director Valerie Devine said the Rialto does “have trouble sometimes in getting people to respond to quotes.”
The new doors are considered a safety measure because they will include push bars so they can be opened from the inside when locked.
“The current doors are either open or locked. There’s no in-between,” board Chairman Robert Filotto said.
Filotto said Friday that the Rialto will try to negotiate a lower price with Wunderlich Doors.
While the bid takes up most of the money from the grant, the Rialto will be able to buy a new security system, which is estimated to cost about $3,000, Devine said.
The donation from the Dunham Fund of Aurora was lauded as the “Rialto’s largest grant in several years” in the news release about the contribution.