Editorial: Board makes right call on animal shelter

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 05:15 PM.

Talk about sticker shock. The lowest bid was $23,860 more than what the city had planned for the project. That left the city in a bit of a quandary.

Bill Ebron, director of public services, and Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, whose department oversees operation of the animal shelter, both have said that the expansion is needed.

With that in mind, commissioners Jim Stuart and Danny Walsh sought to accept the low bid, even though the cost was significantly higher than planned. Walsh pointed out that the bid process was sound, and that the companies made sound estimates. With no one else willing to do the work any cheaper, Walsh and Stuart suggested that the city accept the low bid and move on.

While that was one approach, Commissioner George Liner had another. He suggested that the city needed to be more specific about the project to the bidders. He suggested that with more specific plans, bids for the project may come in cheaper.

He had the backing of fellow commissioners Will Lewis and Karen Lewis. (By the way, the two are not related.)

Ultimately, commissioners voted to reject the bids by that 3-2 margin and rebid the project.

We think that makes good sense. After all, a homeowner would likely have the same type of debate should a home repair far exceed the amount of money available to do the work. They may even adjust the project in an effort to get a cheaper price.

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