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Supervisors again toss lowest bids for construction project

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, citing policy consistency, on Tuesday once again threw out the two lowest bids for a county construction project because the bid submissions were incomplete.

B's Contractors LLC, a local company, came in with a price of $1,449,000 for the County Facilities Office/Warehouse job. However, the forms sent with the bid included the phrase "available on request" on the Qualification Statement, which includes a financial document.

That made the paperwork incomplete, said Carol Springer, chairman and District 1 supervisor. "We have had a couple of incidents come up recently," she said, "and we have held a very strict standard of compliance. Putting in 'on request' does not, in my mind, comply with the contract."

Brian Bombardieri of B's Contractors said that was inconsistent with previous board decisions. "We have done it this way for 20 years," he said. "We remodeled the Camp Verde Justice Center and filled it out exactly the same way. Those three board members awarded us that contract."

The issue is proprietary information, which would become public if submitted. "We don't like to put out financials - there's some information people don't need to see," Bombardieri said.

But board members, mindful of a recent decision to reject a road construction contract because the lowest bidder failed to include an addendum, did not find that to be a valid reason.

District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis said, "Rules are rules, and I can't see us wavering from them today."

The second-lowest bidder had a different problem. N.L. Booth and Son made a change to the contract itself, which board members deemed unacceptable.

Danson Construction of Phoenix was awarded the contract for $1,499,500.

"It's costing taxpayers dollars," Bombardieri said. "And we're local, but they gave it to a Phoenix company."

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