County truck bid to be awarded

by Carol Thompson

The newly appointed members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee will consider bids for one or more 2013 low profile crew cab and chassis trucks and ten-foot dump body with pintle hook.

The trucks were previously bid out and a contract awarded to Tracey Road Equipment.

During the July 26 meeting of the committee, legislators approved the award of a contract to Tracey Road Equipment in the amount of $81,248.

John Paradis of Stadium International, who had submitted a proposal, questioned the process the committee used to award the bid and alleged that Tracey Road Equipment did not meet the specifications.

Correspondence from Stadium International shows that the company complained to county officials in regard to unfair bidding practices.

Following the complaints, the committee rescinded the contract with Tracey Road Equipment and agreed to re-bid at a later date.

Oswego County Purchasing Director Fred Maxon said in November that the specifications would be put out again with less stringent requirements.

“We won’t be requesting the horn to be black,” Maxon said of some of the changes that would be made.

New bids were solicited and opened Dec. 20. The low bidder, Van Bortel of Rochester, did not meet the specifications, according to Maxon. The company bid $70,243.

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