City initially overlooked low bid for housing contract

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By David Giuliani

The city’s housing authority had already picked a firm to handle an electrical project, but officials forgot to open one of the bids.

LM Electric was originally considered the low bidder, but after the bidding process, the city discovered that it hadn’t opened JR Electric’s bid. JR had the lowest bid.

Last week, the housing authority asked the council to approve JR as the electrical contractor.

Before the vote, Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron said she was concerned with a breach of contract with LM, contending that LM had already been informed that it was the winning contractor.

She urged the city to begin the bidding process again by re-advertising the project.

However, City Manager Timothy Dodge said the contract wasn’t executed with LM because it hadn’t been signed by both parties. He said there was no notice to proceed.

The council voted unanimously to go with JR.

Dodge informed the council that the city had taken corrective action to ensure a similar mistake doesn’t occur again.