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Officials feel higher bid for park worth it
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McMinnville officials will be meeting Tuesday, July 9 to consider a committee recommendation to go with Tri-State Development to be the contractor for Riverfront Park improvements, the higher of two bids.The measure was sent to the full board June 25 by Parks and Recreation Committee members Aldermen Mike Neal and Billy Wood, after they decided to go with Tri-State’s bid of $92,750 rather than a bid by Waymon Hale Construction for $89,107.Wood stands by the decision.“There were certain requested items that were not met by the low bidder in the bid package,” said Wood. “The bids were so close in amount I don’t think the federal government will have a problem with it.”City attorney Tim Pirtle told Neal and Wood at the meeting that a qualitative difference between bids can be used by city officials to determine the best bid and would allow them to go with a higher bid.Wood adds, “I feel comfortable with Tim’s advice. Like I said at the meeting, I don’t have any problem with Waymon Hale.