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Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Council OKs awarding of well contract

The Quincy City Council regular meeting on Oct. 2 largely consisted of routine items but was punctuated by an extended discussion concerning a well drilling project that the city had put out to bid.
Two council members were absent from the meeting: Andrew Royer and Luke Garrison.

Quincy Mayor Paul Worley, left, presents Evan Bennett an award for reaching the 10-year mark as an employee in the city’s Public Works Department.
Photo by Dave Burgess/Post-Register

First, Mayor Paul Worley presented an anniversary award to city employee Evan Bennett, who has worked in the Public Works Department for 10 years. Along with an anniversary certificate, Worley gave Bennett a city pin and gift card.
A chunk of the meeting consisted of a discussion of the bidding for the project to drill an aquifer characterization well for the city. After City Engineer Ariel Belino gave some background information, the city attorney, Allan Galbraith, supplied the council details of what happened with the bidding on the project.
Galbraith explained terminology and rules concerning awarding bids and that one bidder, Gregory Drilling, did not turn in a required document. It was proposed that this bid be deemed “non-responsive” and set aside, and that the project be awarded to the next lowest bidder, which was Holt Services, which the council approved.
The well is a significant project, with Holt Service’s bid at $923,244.
In other council business, it was decided that some of the new curbing near the cemetery will be redone. The council approved a motion to ask for contractor quotes to remove and repair curbing along Seventh Avenue SW, because trucks are hitting the curbs, which were built as bump-outs.
The council also approved a motion to solicit bids for the Highway 28 and Highway 281 sidewalk improvement project.
The council also OK’d acceptance of a completed project by Tobin Electric at Lauzier Park and payment in an amount of about $19,000.
Junior student representative Nora Medina reported to the council on a busy week of activities at Quincy High School including homecoming.

By Dave Burgess,