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June 12, 2014

City releases statement on fire boat delay

CLINTON — One of the hot decisions on Tuesday's city council agenda has been delayed, but according to Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown, there's reason to believe Clinton will settle on a fire boat bid during its first July meeting.

When weighing in on awarding the bid, Councilman Ed O'Neill motioned to table the discussion in order to clarify some issues he found with the process. The council voted unanimously to do so. Lake Assault boats was the lowest at $493,100, all of which Brown said will be grant funded.

The city released a statement authored by city attorney firm Lynch Dallas explaining the delay.

“Having investigated the matter, the City concludes the handling of the bid offers by City staff was in compliance with the law," read the statement. "Two bidders were disqualified, one for failure to submit a sealed bid as directed, and another because the bid on its face did not reference a boat of the required dimensions and because it did not include the CBRNE features outlined in the specifications, which were required by the terms of the federal grant received by the City.

"Both of the disqualified bids were also higher in actual dollars than the winning bid," the statement continued. "The resolution was tabled at Tuesday night’s Council meeting because the reasons for the disqualifications were not clear to Council members.”

Read more in Friday's edition of the Clinton Herald.

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