County rejects generator bids

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

July 29, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.

Victoria County Commissioners rejected all bids Monday for an emergency generator.

County Judge Don Pozzi recommended rebidding the project, which will benefit the Victoria County Emergency Operation Center, to try to bring down the cost.

The generator would be the power source in an emergency. Before the grant funding was secured, the county's plan was to lease a generator as needed, said Joyce Dean, the county's administrative services director.

The two bids, from Holt Power Supply and A&A Constructors Inc., came in above the $118,000 project cost, Dean said.

Pozzi said the county is looking for alternative ways to meet the minimum fuel requirements and come in within the grant amount.

"We're trying to be creative but still meet standards," he said.

Dean said the new bid specifications will scale down on the size of fuel tanks for the generator.

Because the fuel tank is an expensive component of the generator, if that can be downsized and skid tanks brought in with additional fuel, the cost might go down, she said.

The grant, administered through the Division of Emergency Management, pays 75 percent of the cost, and the county is responsible for 25 percent.

"We think we could get it for less," Pozzi said.

Holt Power Systems, a division of Caterpillar Inc., bid $133,426, and A&A Constructors Inc., of Victoria, bid $120,800.

Dean said the project needs to be completed by October 2014.

She expects the rebidding process to begin in a few weeks.



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