Previous decision violated town policy
Bidding on the proposed Stallings evidence storage unit will start again, after council members amended an earlier decision. During their Monday, Oct. 10 meeting, the board voted to put the project out for a sealed bid process.
In September, the town council heard from Stallings Police Chief Michael Dummett, about his department’s need for a new place to store evidence. Currently, the department has no space for any long term storage, currently working in a facility that totals 291 square feet. Instead, Dummett requested approval for a 25 x 40 storage facility and presented bids his office had collected from contractors. The town board approved his request, but in doing so, they violated their own policy,
“The action we took was inconsistant with the town’s bid policy,” Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton said. “Our bid policy does call for a sealed bid process for construction or services estimated to cost $20,000 or more.”
The storage facility would fit that definition, as all the previous bids came in more than $90,000.
Paxton questioned why the building would cost $100 a square foot, saying she felt the town was being cheated by bidders.
“Unless we’re putting gold inglets on the floor, I can’t reconcile (the cost),” Paxton said, adding that she talked to a builder who said he could construct a storage unit for $40,000.
Dummett explained that the requirements for an evidence storage unit were different than the bins used to store Christmas trees or other materials. Extra requirements were needed to guarantee security and safety.
“We were trying to do it the most inexpensive way possible,” Dummett said, explaining why his office requested bids before coming to the town council in September.
Council members agreed to move forward with the project, by putting it out to bid once again.