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|Knoxville City Council Approves Illinois Firm for Tower Painting Project
|The Knoxville City Council found sufficient enough evidence to cancel an out-of-state company's bid and hire another company with local ties for a painting project.
Aldermen Monday night unanimously approved a bid to paint the interior of the water tower located on North Line Street. Steve Bruner of Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck presented the city council with at least 10 bids from six different states for the job back in December. The lowest bidder was Utility Service Company of Perry, Georgia. Aldermen voted against giving the job to USC for several reasons and instead approved the second lowest bid submitted by Putnam County Painting of Mark, Illinois. The bid was almost $3,900 more than the Georgian company's bid.
Steve Bruner told the council that one of the factors for his recommendation supporting Putnam County Painting was that USC didn't meet documentation specifications
"One of the things a contractor has to comply with is the State of Illinois Apprenticeship and Training Act. The low bidder sent us back a certificate that they've been through OSHA training and not the required U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship and Training program that's approved by the state of Illinois, so they did not have that certificate."
In other business, the city council voted to table the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association issue until next time. The issue is whether to continue funding GREDA. Alderman Terry Pool told the council that GREDA was unable to come to Monday night's meeting and he wanted to hear the group out before the city council takes action on the matter.
The council agreed except for Alderman Lester Naslund, who voted against tabling the issue and tried to propose a motion to terminate the city's contract with GREDA- saying Knoxville is wasting money.
|01 19 09 by Newsroom
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