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Old 07-04-2012, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Snyder's Lawn Inc View Post
all city bids are open to the public years before so look at last year bid off the low bid then once the new bids are open you can look at the results
This is correct. I just attended a bid hearing...all sealed bids were opened and read in front of the bidders. The winning bid was not announced at the bid hearing because they actually check credentials before deciding. They also said they will not accept a low ball bid.
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by EcoGreen Services View Post
And we have a winner !


It was $18,600 the last 2 years.
The spring and fall portions take a lot of time, So does cleanup.
Wow! He'll end up defaulting on the contract, and the municipality deserves that for going with the cheapest bidder!
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:03 AM
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Interesting discussion. Our local municipalities state in the bidding, that the lowest bid will not necessarily be accepted. I've also had good results from pointing things out e.g. "12 cuts will not be sufficient to maintain neat appearance. Given our climate it will take 3 cuts in May, 6 in june, 4 in july, and 2 each in August and September, and a final one in October. Total 18 cuts. Price can be reduced if trimming can be done as needed. Usually every 2nd or 3rd cut. Suggest that you grant permission to use Casoron around the trees, and add mulch to the bowls. Turf repair varies too much from year to year. I will include 500 square feet or 20 patches whichever comes first. It is responsibility of the contract supervisor to request these in writing with GPS coordinates.

Here the word gets around. The town and county guys know their peers in the surounding counties. You blow one job, and you won't work for the muni's until you change your name.

The reverse works too. Contracts below a certain amount (25,000) do not have to be formally tendered, but can be handed out at the discretion of the administrator. You'd think this would lend to abuse. It may result in a contract going for more money than it should, but if the job is badly done, then the admin's rep suffers. And the admin is under pressure to get good value for the funds he oversees.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:27 PM
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That's too bad... for everyone involved.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by headz77 View Post
That's too bad... for everyone involved.
Eh? Which is too bad? That they don't do the formal bid process for small jobs?

Tendering is expensive. Most of the time the local admin knows who's done good work, and he will drop invite proposals for what he wants to do. He'll phone, or do a walk around talking about the job. By using an RFP he takes advantage of my knowledge. There are usually several back and forth nailing down the details, then he asks for a quote. If the quote is in line with other stuff in the area, he'll go with it. Not much point in spending another thousand bucks to get a bid that is $100 less.
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