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County seeks bids for Woodland gravel stockpile

Opening on May 22

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— Idaho County’s informal solicitation to supply rock for the county’s Woodland-area stockpile resulted in one bid for $138,000 last month, so the county commissioners decided Tuesday, May 1, to advertise it formally in the newspaper. The “call for bid” legal notice is in the Idaho County Free Press this week.

“The procurement laws indicate if it’s between $50,000 and $100,000, we can go to an informal bidding process which is soliciting three bids, which is what Gene [Meinen, the county road and bridge department supervisor] requested that I do,” clerk Kathy Ackerman told the board.

Ackerman said the county’s insurance provider felt it would be covered, but advised the county could cover itself from lawsuit risk by taking the step to advertise it formally.

Commissioner Denis Duman pointed out that although other local rock suppliers may be preoccupied, he favored advertising it. Commissioner Mark Frei concurred. Ackerman pointed out there could be more bids, or fewer, under the formal process. Commission chairman Skip Brandt pointed out that if no bids come in, the county could simply end up without the gravel.

The printed notice states the bids will be opened during the commission meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22.


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