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Lake Lotawana Puts Out For Bids On An Electrical Contract
July 19, 2014
By Carlee Edwards
It was discovered during the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday evening, July 15 that a bill brought before the Board could not be put into motion as a previous ordinance was still in affect that directly contradicted the bill on the table.
The bill brought before the Board was to award a bid and authorize Mayor Welsh to execute a service agreement with Trademark Electric Inc. for the installation of electrical service connections and wiring for the city of Lake Lotawana Public Works Building Located at 101 Lake Lotawana Drive, Lake Lotawana, MO.
It was discussed during the June 17, Board of Aldermen regular meeting that City Administrator Jill Cornett should put out for bids for Electricians to install electrical service for the Public Works Building.
A motion was made and passed that the city should put out for bids and the discussion would continue once bids had come in.
Later however, at the July 1 work session, the only option discussed was a bid given by Trademark Electric Inc from a previous year. It was debated whether or not it was even legal to take a bid that’s a year old and already used before, but ordinance in place for Cornett to put out for bids was not acknowledged.
Also at the July work session it was revealed that the City Administrator and the Mayor had received suggestions from a local resident, Jim Lacy, which was a change in the electrical design specification. Mr. Lacy’s experience and expertise is widely acknowledged, but it was unclear who would accept the liability for reducing the size of the electrical service of the building.
Alderman Chris Jackson, who was not present at the June 17 regular meeting, brought the conflict to the Board’s attention at the July 15 regular meeting.
“There was a motion made and passed by this board directing Jill to put this out to bid currently and now we’re being asked to use last year’s bid,” Alderman Jackson said. “That’s not what was approved and authorized by the board.”
“In a sense we forgot,” Alderman Scott Miles defended, claiming that the board, minus Jackson, had forgotten that they passed the motion to put out for bids when they gathered for the July 1 work session.
“This isn’t putting it out for bid,” Alderwoman Aholt said. “This is accepting and old bid and adding to it.”
The legality of the situation was debated, and the Board decided to withdraw the current motion, to get it off the table, and further discuss the previous June 17 ordinance.
“I would encourage the board to put this back out to bid,” Jackson said.
The majority of the board agreed that the easiest and cleanest way to clear up the conflict would be to do away with the current bill and put the issue out for public bids until a later date.
“Let’s table this until the September work session,” Mayor Welsh said.
The Board voted on a motion to ‘kill’ the current bill and put out for bids. Five voted “Aye” and Alderwoman Aholt abstained from voting. The motion passed.
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