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County forced to revisit Public Works bid

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County commissioners had to undo a recently-awarded contract because it was illegal.    

Earlier in July, the commission voted to hire LRA contractors of Albany to build a new headquarters for the public works department, even though they weren't the lowest bidder.    JCI General Contractors from Moultrie put in a bid that was about $2,000 lower.   Since the bids were similar, Commissioners went with the local company.    

JCI asked commissioners to reconsider.   Commissioner Lamar Hudgins says the county attorney didn't tell commissioners their vote violated the law until after the decision was made.  He said, "We definitely didn't know that.  We did not know the law on that.  We had not been advised on that."    

When awarding public works contracts, state law requires governments to award the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

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