Mexico Beach Parker House slab ‘not to be used’

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

“We just need to tell them what we want. We’ll get it settled.”

Mullen said that litigation will be an option in the event that the insurance company turns down the city’s request for additional funds.

During last month’s regular meeting, in which the council voted to hire Nova for the second structural analysis, Mullen read ordinance number 177, which stated that expenditures over $3,000 require competitive bids.

In a split-vote that resulted in possible violation of the ordinance, the council opted to award the bid to Nova even though it had not strictly followed the competitive bid process.

During the council’s regular meeting, Councilwoman Tanya Castro and city attorney Paul Komarek stalled a vote to amend ordinances to increase the $3,000 bid limit to $8,000.

Komarek suggested some word changes and different language be written into the ordinance prior to voting while Castro said that the ordinance needed more discussion to avoid possible violations in the future.

“We need to ensure that we’re always going to do the right thing and follow the rules,” said Castro.



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