Council members at first hesitated to act on the recommendation of Steve Ostaseski, the city’s newly-hired long term recovery manager.
Following Ostaseski’s presentation, a motion was made by Lauren Vance but died for lack of a second from the other three council members in attendance.
The meeting was set to adjourn when Bradley Grace asked for further discussion about the bidders and selection process.
“I would like to resolve this tonight so we can get Cordova going,” Grace said.
Ostaseski, the council and Mayor Drew Gilbert then spent approximately 10 minutes sorting through the bids before reconvening and confirming Civicon.
The Cullman-based firm was the third-lowest bidder overall but was one of only two companies that provided all of the neccessary information, according to Ostaseski.
He explained a grading system that was developed using the 10 components companies were required to submit in their bid packages.
The criteria, which ranged from project understanding to detailed resumes, were itemized in the paperwork provided to all prospective bidders.
“We weren’t trying to be terribly difficult. We were trying to get to a point where we had valid RFPs (request for proposals) to look at,” Ostaseski said.
Of the 12 companies that bid the project, Ostaseski said only Civicon and Cross Environmental provided enough information to be successfully evaluated.
Another bidder, Cordova native G.O. Lively of Triangle Construction Inc., approached the council with his concerns Tuesday night.
Lively, who has worked for the city in the past, bid $875,075 to Civicon’s $312,672 on the project.
“Evidently my company failed the point system on it, but I’ll tell you right now, I’ll do a better job than anybody you could possibly get,” Lively said.
The tentative start date for demolition is April 9. The project must be completed within 60 days or the contractor will incur a penalty of $1,000 per day.
A total of 24 buildings, including Main Street and the former Piggly Wiggly, are slated to be demolished.