School District 2: No Meadowlark Contractor Bid Awarded

A question on the 30/70 statute is still being addressed before awarding the contractor bid on the new Meadowlark Elementary School in Sheridan.
A question on the 30/70 statute is still being addressed before awarding the contractor bid on the new Meadowlark Elementary School in Sheridan.

And the Contractor Bid award goes to... no one ... yet.

At what was to be the official bid award announcement by the Sheridan County School Board of Trustees Monday afternoon on the contractor selected to run the new Meadowlark Elementary School project, District Superintendent Craig Dougherty said staff still cannot recommend any action to be taken.

A Wyoming State Statute referring to the 30/70 preference states that “a successful resident bidder shall not subcontract more than 30% of the work covered by this contract to nonresident contractors.”

In a March 23, 2011 conference call with several contractors and subs, the School Facilities Commission claimed the 30/70 preference law's intent is only to be applied to the first tier contractor.

This raised concerns with contractors and subcontractors. Dean Cline, President of GW Mechanical out of Casper, spoke to the District 2 Board Monday, issuing copies of a letter he had written to Drew Perkins of Casper firm Perkins Law.

In it, he wrote that they “were very surprised to hear that the SFC has claimed the 30/70 preference law's intent is only to be applied to the first tier contractor... Any person with a resident certificate could bid any package and subcontract out 100% of the work to nonresident contractors and still qualify as a resident.” Cline added that they “do not believe this is what the law states, nor was it the intent.

District 2 Facilities Director, Julie Carroll, comments.

Cline closed his letter stating that an “evaluation for the intent of the preference law must be conducted. It is our understanding that the 30/70 preference was put into place to assist in keeping 'Wyoming Workers Working.' This can only be done by applying this preference to the entire project with every tier included and every dollar being spent.”

A total of nine contractors submitted bids for the Meadowlark Elementary School project.

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