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City picks new company for Chancery paving
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McMinnville officials voted Tuesday night to give the North Chancery Street paving project to APAC-Harrison Inc. A lower bid from Highways Inc. was rejected.Water and Sewer Committee members Rick Barnes and Jimmy Haley voted to reject Highways and award the project to APAC. Later that night, the full board consisting of Mayor Norman Rone, Vice Mayor Everett Brock, Aldermen Clair Cochran, Junior Medley, Barnes and Haley voted unanimously in favor of APAC. Alderman Billy Wood was absent from both meetings.The decision was made after city officials were informed by project engineer Anthony Pelham how much lower Highways’ re-bid was in comparison to its original bid — $70,000 less.“We didn’t release the original number presented because we did not want to create an unfair bidding situation,” said Pelham. “There is, essentially, a $70,000 reduction.”The original contract between the two was to widen and pave the road for $998,000.

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