The city of Toccoa will re-bid repairs of a pump at the Davidson Creek pump station.
On Monday, Toccoa City Commissioners approved a motion to re-bid the repairs after an issue came up regarding the original low bidder.
In September, city commissioners approved a quote of $9,640 from Pumping Machinery, LLC of Danielsville, Georgia to repair the raw water pump.
However, Toccoa Utilities Director Harry Scott told city commissioners on Monday that Pumping Machinery notified him a month ago that it no longer does this work and told him to switch everything to a company called Motor and Gear Engineering, Inc., who had submitted the 2nd lowest bid for the work.
Scott said that he told Pumping Machinery that he could not do that.
Scott went on to say that since Pumping Machinery does not do the necessary work and he does not feel Motor and Gear Engineering, Inc. would be a suitable solution; he wanted to go in a different direction.
“With the conflicting stories that I have gotten and the mixed messages I am receiving, I just wanted to go ahead and go with Graves, who does our maintenance work now,” said Scott. “They were the third lowest bidder.”
Graves bid about $12,000 for the project back in September, according to officials.
Scott said another reason for his decision is the fact that the bid price only covers removing and inspecting the pump and that the exact cost of repairs will not be known until the cause for its failure is determined through an inspection.
Toccoa Vice-Mayor Andy Pavliscsak asked if there would be any legal issues with moving to the 3rd lowest bidder after having already accepted a bid.
City Attorney John Dickerson could not rule it out completely.
“There are some possible repercussions. I do not think those are very likely,” said Dickerson. “However, it makes sense to me, and I so advised the city manager, that under the circumstances, if we re-bid it, we are better off. We do not have to worry about it. We do not have to cross this bridge.”
At that point, Pavliscsak made a motion to re-bid.
That motion passed unanimously.