Millcreek supervisors disagreed today on which company should be awarded an important contract.
The supervisors are planning to sell the Millcreek Water Authority to Erie Water Works. But first, they want a private company to assess the value of the water authority's assets. That number would be used for negotiating the sale. Two companies submitted bids. One bid came in at just over $45,000.
The other bid was $22,000.
Supervisor Brian McGrath wanted to accept the high bid, saying that company had more experience in dealing with water systems. But, Supervisors Rick Figaski and John Groh say both firms met the minimum requirements of the contract. The low bid was awarded by a vote of 2 to 1.
"It was our feeling, in sympathy to the taxpayers, we shouldn't pay any more for this than we absolutely have to," said Figaski.
McGrath has another reason why the low bid should not have been accepted. He says the firm has a professional relationship with a consultant for the Erie Water Works.