ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority board held off on voting to approve Kinney Construction Co.'s low bid of $607,777 to stabilize and renovate the downstairs portion of the historic Albany Theatre on North Jackson Street, deciding instead to wait until requested information was provided before taking the vote.
City Attorney Nathan Davis noticed that a bid bond was not included in a copy of Kinney's documents, indicating the absence of an adequate bond would nullify Kinney's bid.
"This entire process was overseen by the city's Procurement department," ADICA President Aaron Blair said. "They assured me both bids were in order."
The second bid was presented by LRA Constructors.
Board member Tommy Gregors had offered a motion accepting Kinney's bid, contingent upon Davis making sure documentation was in order, but when several board members said they had particular questions they wanted answered about the bid, the board decided it would vote on awarding the bid at a called meeting before a May 14 deadline that would render both bids meaningless.
Blair also said the Yielding & Wakeford architectural firm had submitted a bid of $29,700 for construction management of the project, but Blair said since he would be able to keep a close eye on the project himself, he planned to negotiate seeking a price of "not more than $25,000."
"This being a historic structure, there will be some unknowns that will crop up where (Yielding & Wakeford's) expertise is needed," Blair said. "But I plan to be more hands-on with this project."
The ADICA board also approved a rental application form for the Art Park on Pine Avenue that would require a $250 rental fee during daytime hours and a $500 fee at night. The agreement also includes a $500 deposit.
"The agreement is much like the one we have at the (Veterans Park) amphitheater," Blair said. "I tried to word it so it's clear we're not in direct competition with downtown businesses like the State Theatre."
Asked to help sponsor a downtown event by a local civic club, the ADICA board first discussed not sponsoring that particular event and eventually voted not to get involved in sponsorships of any downtown events.
"I'm in the Sertoma Club (which is hosting a downtown 'Celebrate Sound' walk), but I don't think (event sponsorships) is what ADICA is all about," board member David Prisant said.
Moments later board member B.J. Fletcher offered a motion that would preclude ADICA sponsorship of any event.
The board also approved With Perfection's low bid of $2,931.50 for streetscape improvements along Front Street that will include the planting of eight crepe myrtle trees, and tabled a proposal to supply basic electricity in the Art Park until Gregors and Blair had an opportunity to make sure the proposed work was adequate.
B&B Electric had the low bid ($2,727) for the project, which will be brought before the board at its next meeting.