With clock ticking, lighthouse discussion heats up

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:16 AM.

The city bid the job out in two phases after being unsatisfied with the first rounds of bids.

The new round of bidders were familiar from the previous round, though Mayor Mel Magidson did not express a similar reluctance to awarding the bids due to concerns over expertise in moving the structures.

What the bids do not include is a method for addressing a significant hurdle.

“The bid does not include dropping the power lines,” Magidson said. “The lines will have to come down either way.”

That punctuated a drawn out discussion between Magidson and Commissioner Bo Patterson concerning whether or not the power lines would indeed have to come down for the lighthouse and how that might impact cost.

During the discussion, a clearly agitated Magidson said, “I give up” trying to explain to Patterson the parameters of the move.

Patterson replied, “It doesn’t take much.”

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