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Bid Process Slows Park Project

A technical protest about the qualifications of a successful bid application for a Grass Valley city works projects almost delayed, for a second time, a park improvement project that has already been delayed once because of lack of bids. Assistant City Engineer Bjorn Jones says the resurfacing of six tennis courts, four at Memorial Park, and two at Mautino Park have been on hold while the first round application received no bids and the second round was protested by an unsuccessful project bidder.

 

The number two bidder stating the contractors licenses did not match exactly, but Jones says the successful bidder is qualified to do the work.

 

Council was presented three options to either reject the protest and move forward with the lowest bid, accept the protest and award the project to the second place candidate, or accept the protest and rebid the project.
Mayor Ben Aguilar did not want to delay the project any further and was comfortable moving ahead.

Jones is hoping to be able to get the project on the contractor’s calendar for completion later this summer or fall.
Legal council also said a possible next step for the protesting applicant is to proceed with potential litigation.

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