Bid legal question delays T-hangar action

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 13, 2009

Awarding a contract for the construction of a new T-hangar facility at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport on U.S. 61 South was tabled Wednesday due to a legal question on one of the bids.

At a board meeting Monday, city officials opened bids for the project. They were from Flagstar Construction Company of Brandon, $923,440; Laws Construction Company of Jackson, $774,000; and Fordice Construction Company, $804,300. However, a note on the outside envelope of Fordice’s bid noted to “reduce bid price by $50,000.” With the reduction, Fordice would be the low bidder.

Airport Manager Curt Follmer told the board he received “an opinion of validity” from the attorney general’s office on Wednesday morning, but he had not had time to review it to determine if it is acceptable or not for Fordice to note a reduced bid price in the manner it did.

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On the agenda

Meeting Wednesday, the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen:

• Authorized seeking for bids for four generators. Purchasing Director Tim Smith said the generators will be paid for via an approximately $244,000 grant requiring a 5 percent local match. Two will be located at the waste water treatment plant, while the other two will be placed at City Hall and the City Hall Annex.

In executive session, the board:

• Approved one action form on an employment matter in the court services department.