Earle to re-bid street work

Low bidder fails to provide references

By Mark Randall news@theeveningtimes.com

Earle will re-bid a paving job for some street work after the low bidder withdrew his bid claiming the city took too long to make a decision over awarding the job. Jennings Landscaping & Asphalt submitted the low bid of $3,000 to do some street repair work in Apollo Acres but angrily opted out over the delay and a request by the city to provide references. “They were going to take his bid,” said City Clerk Cynthia Conner. “But Jennings said they took too long. And he was upset because they wanted references.” The council was unfamiliar with Jennings’s work and checked with the county, which gave him a positive recommendation. Mayor Carolyn Jones said Jennings was not only upset, he was rude to Conner. “He was very, very rude to you,” Jones said. “I told him I don’t think we would even want to do business with somebody who talks to us like that.” Councilwoman Jimmie Barham said the city was not out of line asking for references. “I’m sorry he was rude to you,” Barham said. “Maybe he just doesn’t need the work. We’ve had people stand in line to get work from us. I don’t know the man. But if the man doesn’t want to do it, I’m glad he told us rather than do a shoddy job. We all know that is a very needy area.” Bids are only good for 45 days and the city has the right to cancel any bids. The other two bids were from Sugg Construction for $15,000 and Baker Brothers Asphalt for $34,000. Councilman Donnie Cheers suggested and the council voted to re-bid the job because of the wide disparity in the remaining bids. “That’s a big gap between prices,” Cheers said.

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