Americus Ditch discussion pops up again for BOCC

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Graney went on to accuse the board of violating a Florida Statute when they first awarded the bid.

According to Florida Law, contractors must be prequalified with the Department of Transportation to bid on road, bridge, or public transportation construction projects greater than $250,000.

“The bidder was clearly unqualified,” said Graney. “Something is wrong with the bid process.”

He encouraged commissioners to figure out how to fix the existing problems before they began popping up elsewhere in the county as additional drainage is added to accommodate new residents.

After having his speaking time extended twice, Graney looked to the board for a response.

Chairman Tan Smiley said he’d spoken with two residents on Americus who had said that the pipe system wasn’t perfect, but it was better than what they had, referring to the standing water that existed previously.

“No one made a fuss like you are today,” Smiley said to Graney.

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