by The Jamestown Sun
August 14, 2013 at 1:44 am in The Jamestown Sun
The Stutsman County Commission unanimously rejected all bids Tuesday for a road project in Spiritwood Energy Park after one of the bidders threatened to sue the county.
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If you have ever run a business then you know that when you have the potential to lose a $5 million dollar bid that your going to seek legal council to protect your interest.
From the meeting on Friday Mr. Lindberg knew that the county was not going to protect his interest so he sought legal council to determine what legal standing he had to protect his companies interest. This is all part of contractual law… to have our representatives of the county throw out all bids because of the potential for a lawsuit is not only unprofessional but is the exact mindset that makes it difficult for me to continue to defend Jamestown in conversations about why the blazes do I live here.
Think of the economic impact that this has on Jamestown from a small but significantly local perspective. This contractor would have continued to hire local people… buy local equipment… donate to local organizations. I haven’t met Mr. Lindberg but as someone who grew up here, moved away and then came back I understand that he represents a local family business that is involved in their community and has done good work. It saddens me to see their character and quality of work so damaged…
This really is a business friendly community isn’t it…
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Schwartz took the wrong approach to rejecting bids. Lindberg has all the right in the world to seek legal counsel. The Commission sought a legal opinion from Fremgen; Lindberg did the same and his attorney gave potential written consequences to the Commission.
If you were at the meeting on August 9th or have listened to it from the County website, it was obvious that the Commission was not going to award the contract to Lindberg. He has the right to protect his interests and Schwartz seems to not understand that.
Peterka’s information on Lindberg that was reported to the Commission seems completely unfair and lacked substantial merit. The complete project as stated was around $5 million, with the (unfair) concerns that Lindberg would not be able to complete at least 50% of the project it would be safe to say that his portion would have been around $2.5 million or less, well within his approved amount and his own stated “comfort level.” Additionally, the Commission and Peterka relied on a “promise” from Northern Improvement that they would be able to meet the 50% requirement. Was Lindberg supposed to just give an unfounded promise rather than accurate information?
I am disappointed that the County Commission and Peterka put so much effort into discrediting a local contractor. As a taxpayer I would rather see my money being reinvested in local businesses which in turn employ local residence who pay local taxes and spend their money in Jamestown and Stutsman County.
It was a dissappointing series of events.
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It was the county commission not the city council who rejected Lindberg’s bid because he sought legal council. I too would have sought legal council. Why would not anyone. On other issues, the city has taken the same attitude as the county commission has done in this case. Does not make any sense to me. In reading Snuffy’s and Lucky’s comments, this whole thing smells. If all this is true, we need to clean house.
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I encourage everyone to listen to the audio for the August 9th and 13th meetings. There were a couple potential issues with Lindberg’s bid, but the Commission made a bigger deal of it than what was necessary. In addition, the way Peterka discusses Lindberg and his available employees, capabilities of performing, etc. is disappointing if not slanderous.
It would be nice if the Commission worked this hard in making sure Stutsman County businesses got these local contracts instead of tearing them down.
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Well said Lucky…
I agree that if Jamestown and it’s civic organizations worked as hard with local businesses that Jamestown’s local government spending would have a multiplier effect. That is, if you work with local business of any service to do more work they hire local employees or recruit employees from other places and both the business and their employees spend locally at other businesses.
Then you have a county administrator openly broadcasting that he wants to advertise from coast to coast for bids on any and all projects… there is nothing wrong with making bidding competitive but Jamestown has got to realize that when you have the opportunity to award business to local businesses that it is best to above and beyond to PARTNER with those businesses to complete the work… not run them down on unfounded (at best) criticism that attacks them, their work and their employees.
The county and the city would be best advised to follow the campaign the chamber has been pushing for some time now…
So what exactly is it? “Strive for 5″ is a marketing campaign designed to promote the importance of, and bring top of mind awareness to, local spending.
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It’s just too easy… when I was growing up in this town I always thought that it was the wealthy that held back progress but more and more it seems to me that it is the bureaucracy of those with authority.
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Strive for 5 sounds good in theory. Unfortunately it seems like most businesses in town don’t seem to care. I’m amazed at the number of calls that don’t get returned. We literally have to beg them to take our money and that’s why we often use businesses from Valley City and Fargo. They are much more appreciative.
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A generalization that “businesses in town don’t care” is completely false. Are there businesses in town that are not engaged with their customers needs and demands… absolutely.
But where prudent and possible the community… it’s people, it’s businesses and especially it’s government… need to support local businesses. I’m not inferring that we spend wildly but I am saying that there needs to be some consideration to the impact, especially on public works projects, of awarding to local firms… especially when they are the low bidder.
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It’s obvious that most of the commenters have no idea if Lindberg Brothers Construction
Co. is qualified to do this work. There inexperience speaks for itself. They are way out of there league.
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From what I understand Lindberg has completed up to $4 million dollar jobs. I also believe that Lindberg is prequalified for certain types of concrete work with NDDOT up the $6 million. In order to be prequalified for other types of work with NDDOT you simply fill out some paperwork so what does that really prove. Their DOT prequalifications should not have even been an issue as it was a county job and specifications did not require any specific prequal relating to NDDOT.
What makes them unqualified to do the work? Unfounded statements by Peterka? The assumption that they don’t have enough equipment? What valid FACT did Peterka or the County Commission have in rejecting bids?
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All county projects are subject to NDDOT specifications, also all bids where over the engineers estimate allowing them to be rejected. How do you know Peterka’s statements were unfounded? How many road building projects have Lindberg’s done?
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This is somewhat the problem with the Commission’s decision. It is irrelevant how many road jobs Lindberg has completed. He has done urban roadwork before but the specifications, as I understand, only required information for “similar” jobs. That leaves it open to exact subjectivity and analysis of what is “similar” enough.
I don’t think I argued against NDDOT specifications, just simply the fact they looked at what Lindberg was prequalified with the NDDOT to bid. This was not a NDDOT bid and thus, his NDDOT prequalification is irrelevant.
Peterka’s reporting that Northern Improvement would complete 50% of the work was only based on a statement by the company. They were not asked for firm numbers regarding subcontractors, etc. while Lindberg provided detailed information. Additionally, Lindberg is prequalified for over $6 million with NDDOT but Peterka reported that their website stated they were comfortable at $2 million +. The Website information was irrelevant and should have never been mentioned at the meeting anyway. These guys, and others I’m sure, are construction guys with someone else managing their websites. They aren’t concerned about websites and are obviously not updating them frequently.
You can’t analyze two companies fairly when you are not asking for the same information from each and ND public bidding rules do not give Public entities the power to pick and choose who to award contracts to.
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