6 September 2011

Hi

No sooner do I write about the conflicting information pertaining to Bid Bonds (or lack therof), I discover the same thing happening again.

Tonight, the Board of Supervisors will be opening bids “FOR THE PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF LIGHT FIXTURES, SWITCHES, ELECTRICAL SIGNAGE, 200 AMP SUB PANEL, CIRUIT BREAKER, OUTLETS, MOTION SENSOR SHUT-OFFS AND ASSOCIATED WIRING”. You can see the bid here:
http://www.westvincenttwp.org/misc_docs/Electrical%20Bid%20for%20Maintenance%20Bldg%20Packet.pdf

and the addendum here:
http://www.westvincenttwp.org/misc_docs/Addendum.pdf

Or go to www.westvincenttwp.org and click on “Bids”.
(Note:  Although these links were good when the newsletter was written, by the time you read this they may no longer exist)

The entire Bid package and the addendum are attached. There is no Bid Bond required, but there is a Performance Bond required. A Performance Bond is monies set in escrow as a guarantee that the work will be completed and performed properly. It protects the Township, really the taxpayers, from having to pay for screwups.

On Page 10, #20 PERFORMANCE BOND, there is a clear requirement for a Performance Bond of 10% or $5000. The Township explains that it has set that amount on work they have estimated at $50,000. Makes sense, right?

Go to Page 20, #2. The document clearly states that that the Performance Bond is to be in the amount of 10% of the estimated cost (which was established at $50,000 at the beginning of the package) or $2500. What? Why the change? Which is it, $5000 or $2500? Who writes this documents and why do they have contradictory information? Perhaps it is intentional to dissuade people from bidding? Just thinking out loud.

You would think that is the end on this Bid Proposal, but it isn't. There was an addendum filed, changing the requirements of the contract. The Addendum was issued on Wednesday, August 30, 2011. There are five issues to deal with concerning the Addendum.

   1.     
The DEADLINE for the bids was Friday, September 2, 2011.  The Addendum was issued only 2 days before the deadline of submission.

   2.      The Bid package has been altered. Anybody that bid prior to the change is going to have an inaccurate bid which does not meet the new requirements.

   3.      Those that read and printed out the documents on August 29 or before are unlikely look again at the bid information on the website.

   4.      The Road Maintenance bid was closed at 4 pm the same day as the opening of the bid submissions. For this bid, the cutoff was entire long weekend prior to the open date. Why is there a difference?

   5.      The new specifications Bid was not advertised in the newspaper. Check http://pa.mypublicnotices.com/PublicNotice.asp and type in “west vincent township” in the Keyword section. The last advertisement for this bid was on 8/23/2011. The addendum has NOT been advertised, as it should. There are several changes to the requirements.
(Note: Although this link was good when the newsletter was written it may not work correctly when you read this)

This seems to me to once again be a form of bid rigging, and has the additional advantage that once someone has worked on a bid,  and found it to be invalidated through no fault of their own, they are less likely to be interested in submitting a bid in subsequent years, thus protecting those chosen bidders who are 'in the know'.

Some of you may have noticed the Township Meeting Reminder said the meeting was Tomorrow Monday but of course it should have said Tomorrow Tuesday, which of course is now today.  We'll get it right one day. Anyone can go and listen or if you feel inclined you can even ask a question.

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Best wishes

Chickenman
West Vincent Infos - now in year two of publication