Escambia County News

Videos on Maplewood bid

January 20, 2010

Here are the comments from the different commissioners on the motion to reverse the re-bid of the Maplewood drainage project:

KEVIN WHITE:

GROVER ROBINSON:

GENE VALENTINO:

WILSON ROBERTSON:

DISCUSSION ON THE SEALED BID PROCESS:

  • Jacqueline Rogers January 21, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Here the County Administrator is recommending the rebid, even when the next lowest bidder had won his bid protest against Roads Inc. in a hearing. Why was there no PNJ coverage of this or why has no media recently compared the two rebid issues? Because there is some type of agenda? Get back at the commissioners for killing consolidation?
    I’m all for exposing stuff, but the more I read the coverage and see the unasked questions,the more it makes me wonder.

    http://ricksblog.biz/?p=3350

    “Formal Bid Protest:
    “The matter before you tonight, the decision must be based on what is before you,” County Attorney A. Rogers said. “Any motion needs to address accepting or rejecting all or some of the special masters’ order.”
    “What the special master concluded was that the accepting the lowest bidder was wrong,” Rogers said. “The County Administrator recommends that you do not need FDOT certification to be qualified. He is recommending to cancel the bidding and rebid.”
    A motion was made by Valentino to rebid the project. It was seconded.
    The floor was opened to speakers before a vote.
    “If you review the record, you’ll see that the testimony was undisputed,” said Robert Manual. “It is impossible for a non-DOT certified contractor to build a county road. It costs more upfront to build a county road to DOT standards. The lowest bidder on this project, Roads Inc., is not DOT certified. The lowest responsible bidder is Panhandle Grading & Paving.”
    The motioned was passed 4 to 1 with Commissioner White voting in the negative.”

  • Jacqueline Rogers January 21, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Look at the last video on this page:
    At about 6:20, you’ll see Roads Inc’s Weaver say that the only staff person that told him he could protest his own bid was McLoughlin. And Bob doesn’t deny it! He is the County Administrator and apparently HE did not know the rules of the sealed bid process!!
    Yet, Bob complains to the press that the bid process was ruined.
    (Does anyone else smell a set up?)
    Feb. 6th can’t come soon enough.