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April 15, 2014

Commissioners choose different bid in electric project

DUNCAN — A decision made a week ago was changed on Monday when Stephens County commissioners found liability coverage would not be provided.

The commissioners voted to rescind a bid awarded to Bishop Electric to install wiring in a 50 foot by 100 foot shop building for District 2 and awarded the bid to the next lowest bidder, Yancy Electric. The project was originally awarded to Bishop, one of three bids received during the April 7 meeting.

The Bishop bid was to do the project for $12,899.33. But without proof of liability coverage, the project had to be awarded to the next lowest bidder Yancy Electric for $15,261. A third company, Gourney Electric,  bid the project at $18,900.

“If you can’t accept it, you can’t accept it,” Dee Bowen, District 3 commissioner and board chairman, said.

Because of the change, Stephens County will be paying an increased amount of $2,361.67. Bowen said the commissioners are required to select the lowest and best bid for the project. Although Bishop was the lowest bid, the company didn’t meet all the bid specifications for the project, making Yancy a better fit for the project.

During the April 7 meeting, the commissioners accepted the Bishop bids, but acknowledged it could be revoked at a later date if the company could not provide the required liability coverage.

In other action:

The commissioners chose to take no action to re-instate a burn ban. Stephens County has been without a burn ban since Feb. 3.

On Monday, five counties had a burn ban in place, an increase from two the week before. None of the counties border Stephens County. Instead, the counties include Alfalfa, Cimarron, Craig, Custer and Roger Mills counties.

The board approved a road improvement agreement with XTO Energy Inc. for a property in Stephens County District 1. The property in Section 9, Township 1 north and Range 5 west is on 13 Mile Road, District 1 commissioner Darrell Sparks said.

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