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Posted: Friday, August 1st 2014 at 10:36am

Hall Co. Commission approves construction bids at emergency meeting

By Brian Stewart Staff
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GAINESVILLE - At an emergency called meeting Friday morning, the Hall County Commission officially approved bids for construction of the new correctional facility.

The vote included a rescinding of a July 24 vote that gave tentative approval to Quality Concrete Block for the facility's concrete blocks, despite the company bidding slightly over the $69,000 budget.

Quality Concrete Block was the only company that gave an "official" bid through the regular channels, but several companies gave outside "unofficial" bids at a lower cost.

Quality Concrete Block was given 24 hours to match the lowest outside bid at $61,000, but they were never even contacted, according to Tim Sims, Purchasing Manager for Hall County.

"During the week after [the commission] approved the bid, we found out about the Home Depot pricing," said Sims.

He added that they had not awarded the bid to Quality Concrete Block, and therefore asked the commission to rescind the vote and go with the lower pricing.

The County solicited bids from a number of other companies, and ultimately approved the concrete blocks contract for Home Depot for $56,523, nearly $13,000 lower than the original bid.

"Normally it's not a problem to do bids like this, but with the economy picking up, companies have a little more workload than normal," said Sims, who said those companies aren't hiring enough staff to accommodate those workloads.

Correctional Institute Warden Walt Davis said the delay in bids did not delay construction on the facility, which began Monday.

"We are very appreciative to the commission for having this emergency meeting and moving the project forward for us," said Davis.

The correctional facility should be ready this time next year, according to Davis.

Here are the specific bids that were approved at the meeting:

CONCRETE BLOCKS - Home Depot - $56,523

CONCRETE DELIVERY - Candler Concrete - $73,200


DETENTION EQUIPMENT CONTRACTOR - C.A. Owens & Associates - $255,000

ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS CONTRACTOR - Southwestern Communications - $219,256

ELECTRICAL RACEWAY AND CONDUIT - City Plumbing & Electric - $24,597.43
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