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Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

“We put Preble Rish in charge of the project and we should let them manage it,” Buzzett said.

Resident Lorinda Gingell said commissioners pledged to hold Preble Rish to the city’s bid policies – any task over $5,000 requiring a bid – in piecing out the work and wondered why the architectural and design work was not bid.

Clay Smallwood of Preble Rish said that under the company’s continuing contract with the city, it was not required to bid the work.

Further, the company had tapped the same firm that had undertaken renovation work on the lighthouse and keepers’ quarters on two previous occasions based on the firm’s knowledge and background with the structures.

Several commissioners said their memory of what had been promised in reference to bidding was focused on construction costs associated with the relocation, not the architectural or design elements.

Smallwood assured Mayor Mel Magidson the company would bid out any construction component that exceeded $5,000.

The site for the relocated lighthouse also sparked considerable discussion.

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