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Judge Halts School Construction Award to MAPP

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By Dave Freneaux

On Tuesday, August 10th, Judge Kay Bates granted The Lemoine Company an Injunction effectively preventing the Central Community School Board from proceeding to have the aparent low bidder, Mapp Construction, begin construction on Central's new schools.  The Lemoine Company, who was the second lowest bidder, approximately $50,000 higher than Mapp on the $30 million project, took the issue to court contending that the individual who made a last minute scratch-out and rewrite of the bid amount was not a duly authorized representative of Mapp Construction.  The judge found in favor of The Lemoine Company.
 
The Central Community School Board is scheduled to meet in executive session on Thursday, August 12th, to discuss their options.  Superintendent Faulk comments that no action can be taken until the judge has signed the Judgment Orders, which could take a number of days.  At that point, the Schol Board will be faced with the decision of whether to appeal the decision, which would delay construction, or to award the bid to The Lemoine Company.
 
Michael Polito of Mapp Construction was reached for comment and stated that Mapp would be appealing the ruling and feels that they will prevail in apeals court.  Mr. Polito further adds that he intends to work as quickly as possible to resolve this matter, recognizing that delays can cause Central Schools financial hardship.  Mr Polito also shared that, "I absolutely regret that the Central School System has had to be a part of this and I apologize on behalf of the industry."

4 Comments

  1. Ray

    August 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Hopefully these two companies are as passionate about doing a good job as they are committed to actually getting the job!

  2. Ray

    August 12, 2010 at 12:49 am

    If the Judge signs the orders throwing out the low bid, can the school board reject the second bid and ask the seven contractors to resubmit their bids? The resubmitted bids would undoubtedly be lower than the initial low bid, saving the school board money and allowing construction to resume so an August 2011 deadline would be attainable. If the board decides to appeal the Judges ruling, more delays are imminent along with increased legal costs and the possibility of moving the deadline to Jan 2012

  3. Ray

    August 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

    When will the school board announce the results of thursdays executive session meeting?

  4. Kyle

    August 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Apparently, they are having a special school board meeting on Tuesday, August 17. It was just announced this afternoon. They are also conducting some regular, routine business at this special meeting. I don’t think the public even knows about this meeting. Why can’t they conduct some of this regular routine business at their regular meeting next Monday? Why are they trying to call a special meeting within 24 hours to discuss these matters? I can understand the lawsuit as being urgent, but why the other matters? It’s like they’re trying to sneak something by the public.

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