City Council Discusses Bidding Issues

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City Council Discusses Bidding Issues

Published on March 19, 2014 by Larry Crippen

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 . . . .

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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 . . . .

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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.

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