Hoquiam back to the drawing board on water main bid process

Construction companies will have to resubmit bids for Hoquiam’s water transmission main replacement after the oringinal bidding process ended in a dispute between Quigg Bros. and Rognlin’s.

Quigg Bros. submitted the low bid for the project, at about $8.94 million. The Rognlin’s bid came in at about $9.12 million — but comapny officials argued that their competitors had been given an unfair advantage.

Wayne Hagen, of Hagen &Bates in Aberdeen, represented Rognlin’s before the Hoquiam City Council Monday. He argued that Quigg Bros. neglected to include the proper materials when submitting their bid. He argued that a company president or vice president must sign the bid paperwork, but the Quigg Bros. material was instead signed by the project manager.

“Suffice it to say that Quigg Bros. did not comply with the bid documents,” Hagen said.

By not complying with the bid protocol, Quigg Bros. would have been able to revoke their bid if they later deemed it too low.

John Denton, a Seattle-based lawyer, represented Quigg Bros. at the meeting.

He argued that the company had no intentions of revoking its bid.

“I just hope the city council doesn’t make a mistake and spend an extra $200,000 and go to the second low bidder,” Denton said.

The council voted to restart the bidding process.


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