At Huntsville’s City Council session last night, one of the several issues focused on involved bidding on local projects. Up for approval was a bid for a generator for the Elkins Lake Dam Lift Station. The lowest bid was from Generators of Houston for $46,510. Locally McCaffety Electric bid $47,665.
Position #1 Councilmember Andy Brauninger raised concerns about why local bidders weren’t given preference . . . .
City Attorney Leonard Schneider cited two different laws that cloud the bidding issue. One says a governmental agency is required to choose the lowest bidder, considering other issues of job quality. The other law gives cities permission to accept local bids if it is between a 3 and 5 percent difference of the lowest bid–this is tied to a project type.
Schnider commented further . . . .
Schneider added that the local business that would be chosen would have to prove that there is some kind of local economic development benefit.
Mayor Woodward made a motion for an amendment to the original proposal to award the bid to McCaffety contingent on the company meeting the stipulations Mr. Schneider offered. The motion was approved.