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Apex Contracting made its sales pitch to the Common Council this week for a contract to serve as the city's engineering firm.

Apex President Timothy Arlington and partner Donald Swanson offered three options for how the city could pay for their services. The East Avenue firm offered a monthly retainer of $2,000 to $2,500; a scaled-back retainer of $1,200 to $1,500, offering fewer services; or a proposal to negotiate an hourly rate plus expenses.

Apex is competing with Wendel Duchscherer of Amherst, which last month offered to work for the city for $1,500 a month, plus an extra $2,000 up front and additional charges to be negotiated for specific projects.

The Council has called an executive session for 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the proposals.

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