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Councilors consider prequalification for contractors

Councilors consider prequalification for contractors

Muskogee Phoenix
By D.E. Smoot
Jan 11, 2020

City councilors will consider an ordinance that would require contractors be prequalified before they are allowed to compete in the bidding process for public works projects.

City Attorney Roy Tucker said a similar ordinance adopted pursuant to a 1974 law that governs competitive bidding in the state was repealed. The reason for the repeal was unknown, but a number of municipalities across the state still have similar laws on the books.  

Public Works Director Greg Riley said a $24 million streets program that will be undertaken during the next six years inspired the need to reinstate a prequalification process for contractors bidding on those jobs.

"Knowing we are on the verge of putting out some bigger contracts than we've had in the past — with the new street money — we felt it was important to put this together," Riley said. "A lot of this resembles what we had previously, but it is consistent with many other cities in Oklahoma." FULL ARTICLE

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