by Carol Thompson
The Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee rescinded a bid award from Tracey Road Equipment after another vendor complained about the process and was prepared to go to the state with his allegation of unfair bidding practices.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the committee voted to go into executive session to discuss several issues, including a purchasing matter.
When the committee reconvened, the contract for bid #32-12 was rescinded. All bids were subsequently rescinded and legislators approved sending the request out for a re-bid.
During the July 26 meeting of the committee, legislators approved the award of a contract for one or more 2013 low profile crew cab chassis and 10 foot dump body with a pintel hook.
Purchasing Director Fred Maxon announced that the county solicited by direct mail to 18 vendors, legal advertising and the purchasing web site.
Four bids were opened July 17 and the committee approved the contract be awarded to Tracey Road Equipment for $81,248 per unit. The county intended to purchase two units.
John Paradis of Stadium International, who had submitted a proposal, questioned the process the committee used to award the bid.
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