It looks like it may be back to the drawing board for the City of Corner Brook and its attempt to award a contract for six new loaders.
At a public meeting held June 9, city council took the advice of its staff and rejected the two bids received for a tender to supply six new rubber tire-mounted loaders with snowclearing equipment attachments and maintenance support for the equipment for a period of six years.
The bids were rejected because they did not meet the specifications outlined in the tender document.
Council decided to re-issue the tender, with a new closing date of June 25. When time came for the public opening of the latest invitation to tender at city hall Wednesday, no new bids had been received.
Mayor Charles Pender didn’t provide an interview, but did send an emailed response about the unsuccessful tenders and where the city will go from here.
He said council will now take another look at the tender and the issue will be brought forth at next week’s public meeting of council.
“My understanding is that both bids were evaluated and found to have multiple issues with respect to unclear or missing information,” the mayor wrote in regard to the two rejected bids.
“The issues were reviewed with our legal advisor, who felt it was clear that we could not accept either bid, as doing so would give the unsuccessful bidder reasonable cause to bring legal action against the city.”