Also, the vehicles were available to be delivered within six to eight weeks, significantly less time than the typical six to nine months.
Door replacement bid rejected
In a rare split, the council voted down a contract to replace two overhead garage doors at Fire Station No. 2, 2707 E. William St., over concerns about the bidding process.
With a 4-3 vote, the council rejected a $68,400 contract with Bloomington-based Felmley-Dickerson Company.
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Councilmen Ed Culp, David Horn, Chuck Kuhle and Rodney Walker voted ‘no,’ with Moore Wolfe, Councilman Bill Faber and Councilwoman Lisa Gregory voting ‘yes.’
Felmley-Dickerson was the second-lowest bidder, with city staff choosing their bid over low-bidder Decatur-based Christy-Foltz due to the latter’s inability to meet the city’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) requirements.
Christy-Foltz’s bid was $61,718.
The city requires contractors to show good faith efforts to meet the city’s goal of 10% of the project amount going towards MBE subcontractors and 18% of total hours to be worked by minority employees.
Felmley-Dickerson met that 10% threshold while Christly Foltz only reached 2% while not appearing to make a good faith effort, according to city documents.