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City Bidding for Asphalt and Milling Jobs Unfair?

By: Lanetra Bennett, Candace Sweat Email
By: Lanetra Bennett, Candace Sweat Email

[UPDATE] 5/20/11 by Lanetra Bennett

A local business man has convinced city officials to re-think how they handle the bidding process and specifications.

The president of Capital Asphalt protested the City of Tallahassee on ashpalt and concrete and milling services.

Marc Mitchell says the city's process was unfair and limited competition to only two bidders.

The hearing committee has decided to re-open bidding for the project that Mitchell was protesting,.

Mitchell said, "Hopefully, it's going to open the door to not only myself, but to other paving contractors who want to be a part of the process as well; which in turn, is obviously going to give the tax payer a better price. The more people you have competing for a project, ovbiously, the more competitive your pricing's going to be."

The committee recommends that the Public Works Department changes the Information for Bid with regard to these material and services and rebid as soon as possible.

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[UPDATE] 4/14/2011 By Candace Sweat

Marc Mitchell, president of Capital Asphalt, says the bidding requirements for the City of Tallahassee's asphalt and milling services are unfair.

"The city is trying to limit competition to only two contractors. They are doing this by adding specifications that are above and beyond industry wide," said Mitchell.

In order for a company to place a bid with the city, subcontracting is not allowed, and the company must own and operate their own asphalt plant, paver, and milling machine.

Mitchell says, under those specifications, only two local companies qualify.

"We feel that if we're allowed to participate and we're allowed to subcontract our milling and get a better price on that, and buy material from a supplier, we're gonna be able to give the City of Tallahassee a better product and a better deal," said Mitchell.

Mitchell says the city is spending more money than it has to, and it's all coming out of taxpayers' pockets.

In documents obtained by Mitchell from the City of Tallahassee public records, from 2007 to 2010, the city spent more than 5-million dollars for services provided by Peavy and Son Construction Company.

Mitchell says if the City would have paid them according to the Florida Department of Transportation bit adjustment rates, during that time, the city would have saved more than a half a million dollars.

Mitchell presented stacks of official documents to city officials and the city attorney Thursday in a grievance hearing.

He says the bottom line is he wants them to remove the previously mentioned specifications, and open the door for other asphalt and milling companies.
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A Tallahassee businessman is challenging the City's bidding process.

The City of Tallahassee's criteria for asphalt and milling services says subcontracting is not allowed; and the bidder has to own and operate their own asphalt plant, paver, and milling machine.

Asphalt and milling contractor Marc Mitchell says those requirements are not fair.

He says only two companies qualify to bid for all city milling and resurfacing jobs.

Mitchell said, "We want them to take the specifications and bid the asphalt materials like the D.O.T. bids it, or Leon County bids it, or even Jacksonville. If they would do that, then we'll be a happy contractor and the tax payers will be getting a lot better deal."

Mitchell had a grievance hearing with the city attorney and procurement administrators Thursday.

City officials say they will discuss the issue and come back with a decision.

We'll have more on this story later.


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