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Supervisors reject over-budget bids for security cameras on county buildings

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

Washington County Supervisors rejected three bids for courthouse security measures after the lowest bid came in more than $140,000 over budget. The supervisors decided to rework the RFP and will resubmit at a later day.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske Washington County Supervisors rejected three bids for courthouse security measures after the lowest bid came in more than $140,000 over budget. The supervisors decided to rework the RFP and will resubmit at a later day.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted to reject bids for security cameras for the courthouse, jail and other county buildings after bids came in more than $140,000 over budget.

At their meeting on Tuesday, May 14, Washington County Attorney John Gish approached the supervisors about the dilemma. He said three bids were received and the lowest of them came in at $693,090 while the county only budgeted $550,000 for the project.

Gish was speaking for County Engineer Jacob Thorius who was unable to be at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Because of this, Jacob Thorius was thinking the project should probably be amended or changed, so that it isn’t so expensive to the county. What the thinking is, based on my advice and recommendation, is that the RFP (request for proposals) should be amended and then resubmitted for bids on all three or others on changed project outline,” he said.

The supervisors decided to amend the RFP to have multiple bid packages with the main packages being for the courthouse and jail and other county buildings as alternatives. The alternative packages will be treated as add-ons and will be adopted into the plan as funds allow. The cost to amend the RFP is $2,250.00

Bids for the new specifications are Due June 13 with a public hearing to follow on June 18.