By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
EL RENO – An Edmond contractor has been hired to remodel the Canadian County Health Department’s Yukon office.
Canadian County Commissioners have awarded a $5,471 quote to Midtown Construction Services for the small remodeling project.
The company will remodel a break room/conference room at the CCHD’s Yukon clinic, 1023 E Vandament. The work includes installing a new wall and door.
Commissioners went against the recommendation of CCHD officials, who preferred using Stronghold Environmental LLC based on their familiarity with the El Reno company and quality of previous work.
“We know the company; we know what to expect from them and the number of projects they’ve already done for us,” CCHD administrative assistant Steve Wheeler told commissioners at their Sept. 8th meeting. “So, it’s kind of a ‘comfort zone’ for us.”
However, the Canadian County contractor’s quote was $6,893 – more than $1,400 higher. A Tuttle company, Flowers Construction, offered a $7,239 quote for the job.
CCHD officials had to seek formal quotes since the project cost is about $5,000. At their Aug. 31 meeting, Commissioners hesitated with awarding the project to Stronghold since it wasn’t the lowest price. They postponed action after asking county health department officials to provide stronger justification.
Wheeler told county commissioners this week that CCHD supervisors still believe Stronghold had the “best” quote – just not the lowest. CCHD officials did agree to have Midtown complete the latest remodel project.
District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said he just didn’t see enough reason not to award the project to the company with the lowest price.
“This is not that complex of a project,” Stewart pointed out. “It’s something that anybody, at all, in that sort of business should be able to do almost equally well.”
After Stewart’s motion, Canadian County Commissioners voted 3-0 to award the CCHD remodel project to Midtown Construction Services.