Mexico Beach council acknowledges possible violation in Parker House vote

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

According to an amendment made in 1999 during a special meeting, the city could not hold a vote until they had “unsuccessfully attempted competitive bidding.” Ordinance 177 also stated that there is an exception when the vote is in the best interest of the citizens of the city.

Hubbard told the council that if it solicited sealed bids, it would take at least six more weeks before an analysis contract could be approved.

 “We can’t violate our own laws,” said Councilwoman Tanya Castro.

The council tried to stay mindful that those in violation of the ordinance are considered guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

“You don’t get a speeding ticket for going 37 in a 35,” said Cathey. “We can violate or not violate.”

Mullen interpreted the ordinance as though the council had the ability to change it based on need.

Castro didn’t see a point in taking additional bids since Nova’s “informal bid” price of $3,500 was public knowledge.

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