Ford tough? PCC at odds over truck bid
Question of loyalty to local businesses causes consternation among council
Members of Price City Council were at odds over whether or not to amend city policy regarding contracts awarded to businesses in Price during its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
The city requested bids for a new dump truck and had several responses. The request had stated that the city would go with the lowest bid, which was submitted by Willey Ford of Bountiful.
Willey beat out local competition by a mere $51. Councilwoman Kathy Hana-Smith expressed her concern over taking business away from the local economy after the city has put so much effort to get locals to purchase things here rather than "over the mountain."
"The complication being that it wasn't advertised as if the lowest came within so many percentage points of the next highest bid you would award to the local company," said Price City Attorney Nick Sampinos.
"You are changing the rules from what you originally advertised and that concerns me," Sampinos argued.
"It concerns me that we promote shopping locally and we should keep the business in our own market because of the small difference," Smith countered, "I think our purchasing policy should reflect that."
"My suggestion is that you follow the terms and conditions set forth in the original solicitation of the bids, and stick within those parameters; if you don't you are subjecting yourself to a potential compliant by the aggrieved parties," Sampinos added.
"Creating an atmosphere where locals are always favored in the bidding process would hurt the city because it could cause companies to not submit bids because of a biased attitude," he continued. Keeping things fair and following the original parameters is key to this processs."
The council approved Willey's offer on a 3-2 vote, Smith and councilman Jeff Nielson opposing the bid being awarded to the non-local supplier.
Price hosted the Rural Business Conference and according to councilwoman Smith, "Sen. Bennett told us that his people get treated really well here, our people on ground work really hard and we pull it off in a big way.
"Our facilities are gorgeous, we should be proud of the the venue," she added."
Bid opening - city hall emergency generator-Project #4C-2010- Purchase of new generator, construction of generator pad, installation of generator and connections to electrical system.
The project was estimated to be $75,588.20. Bids were received from: West Star Electric with a base bid of $87,535.00, Alt. #1 $40,230.00, Alt. #2$47,305.00. Bodec Inc. base bid of $57,553.00, Alt. #1 $38,292.00, Alt #2 $20,961.00. ECI base bid of $62,073.32, Alt. #1 $40,541.60, Alt. #2 $21,531.72.
There was a motion by councilmember Tatton to form a committee consisting of Bret Cammans, Gary Sonntag, Council member Hanna-Smith and councilmember Davis to review the bids and award the bid within budget. the motion seconded by councilmember Nielson and approved.
Recently it was discovered that some of Price's municipal boundaries didn't align properly with surveys and it was proposed to the council that they amend the boundaries so they are accurate.
Several minor corrections are needed, including an annexation line being aligned with a subdivision line because they were surveyed at different times using different methods.
The county surveyor's office put forth almost 100 hours of service at a value of between $12,000 and $15,000.
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These training classes are required for most city and state employees to be eligible for federal grants and other monetary aid. Price is in the process of getting staff up to date and in compliance on these courses.
Price currently has no central way to catalog what the employees status on training is. The city has no central way of cataloging what classes city employees have already done.
The first step for the city will be to institute a centralized program to record progress and training still needing to be completed.