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Library Board votes to re-bid main library renovations

Dougherty County Library Board of Trustees Acting Chairman Walter Kelley, center, conducts a meeting of the Board Tuesday night at the Northwest Library branch, where the trustees voted 5-0 to reject all bids for the Main Library's $5 million interior renovation project and to restart the bidding process.

Dougherty County Library Board of Trustees Acting Chairman Walter Kelley, center, conducts a meeting of the Board Tuesday night at the Northwest Library branch, where the trustees voted 5-0 to reject all bids for the Main Library's $5 million interior renovation project and to restart the bidding process.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Citing 'inconsistencies and ambiguities' in the bidding process, the Dougherty County Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted unanimously to reject all five bids on the $5 million main library renovation.

The Board directed architect Jeff Harper to rework the bid and put it out once again.

Harper said the inconsistencies and ambiguities were the result of the original advertisement for bids description in bid bond requirements.

The architect said it would take a week for his firm, Hecht Burdeshaw, to rework the bid. He expects that the re-bid process will be complete by late February.

Trustee James Hill said the original bid process "was sufficiently inconsistent and the Board premature" to warrant action by the Board. He then made a motion to reject all bids and re-bid the project.

The original bids were received in November of last year and Talbot Construction had submitted the low bid of $3,500,000.

The newest member of the Board, County Commissioner John Hayes, once again expressed his concern that the Board was dealing with a lot of different issues and that he was willing to take the project before the county commission.

"This board has a lot to deal with right now, there's a lot on the plate," Hayes said. "We need to find a new library director, Board chair and two more Board members. I'd suggest we move this project to the county commission.

"This suggestion has nothing to do with the ability of the good people around this table, but we could relieve ourselves of the burden of this decision and move it to people who deal with these kind of decisions every day."

Hayes' suggestion, however, was not discussed by the board and there was no motion made in regard to his offer.

The main library's interior renovations, which are being paid for by SLOST VI funds, are now expected to begin sometime in March.

Comments

ilovealbany 1 year, 7 months ago

The board met at the "Northwest Branch Library", a project very recently designed and built by two very qualified local firms. It's very alarming that our leadership thinks it needs help from outside of our community to renovate a little ole library, especially when SPLOST funds are involved and there are people in our community that are very qualified to do the work.

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HopeandChange 1 year, 7 months ago

The first thing that would have been nice for this board was to have selected a local Architectural firm to do the renovation work. Albany complains so much about losing business to other cities, yet here is a clear example of saying one thing, but doing another. Don't you think that out of the four major firms at least one would have been qualified to do the work. If memory serves me correctly if you go look at the dedication plaque one firm actually did the original design of converting the old Rhodes store. Upon further inspection you will see that the Project Architect also now has his own firm. The other two firms here in Albany are also MORE than qualified. All of these firms understand the Albany market, the Contractors in the area, and maybe just maybe they could have avoided this issue. If you support local then it supports the community and you get better results. Here is hoping that Albany can change for the better, but it is becoming clear that it is doubtful.

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