Council awards mowing contract to San Antonio company

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.

The Victoria City Council awarded, on a 3-2 vote, the annual mowing contract to a San Antonio-based RK Construction Co.

The company will mow the city's drainage ditches and outfalls project.

Council members Emett Alvarez and Josephine Soliz voted against awarding the project to RK Construction.

The only other bid was from Winston Wilson, of W.W. Services, for $331,775. RK Construction's bid was for $193,822.

Wilson told the council he has held the mowing and drainage ditches contract since 1985, with the exception of six years.

"I don't know what experience these other people have, but with our company, if you didn't see fit to give it to us, you'd be giving up 53 years combined experience," Wilson said.

RK Construction has not done work for Victoria, council members said.

Alvarez said he would prefer to review the contract bids of both companies before voting to approve the RK Construction bid.

City Manager Charmelle Garrett said the city is compelled to go with low bids.

"There is no doubt that Mr. Winston has provided excellent service for the city of Victoria, but when you go through a competitive bidding process, there was no reason to throw out the bid from RK Construction Company of San Antonio," said Garrett, mentioning the bid was reviewed by the city legal department for discrepancies.

Garrett said the contract is performance-based, and if the city is not satisfied with RK's work, the construction company will be dismissed, and the job will become available again.



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