Hot contest over Davenport sewer construction project
September 14, 2009
The Davenport City Council is evaluating an $8.2 million bid proposal for the construction of a major sewer project in light of public protests and official objections
to the bid. Many public bids are not necessarily awarded to the lowest bidder, but are modified with language that refers either to the "lowest responsible bidder" or to the "lowest responsible bid in the best interests of the city", since substantive objections to the lowest bid are occasionally merited. Engineers often find that these kinds of disputes can be avoided by pre-qualifying bidders and establishing stringent specification requirements prior to the bid opening, since a low bidder whose quotation is passed over may have cause to sue if its bid is declined.
last revised September 2009