Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 9:58am
After consulting with Madison Department of Civil Rights, Engineering and the City Attorney, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced the building and renovation of the Central Library Project will be re-bid.
In requesting bids for the project the city utilized both a Small Business Enterprise(SBE) program and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, requiring contractors bidding for the project to utilize, or show good faith effort to utilize, 20% of the project cost to be expended on small or disadvantaged subcontractors. Of five contractors who bid for the work, three were deemed unresponsive by the City's Department of Civil Rights.
City Attorney Mike May has determined that the DBE program is only required in contracts using federal funds. These contracts are typically for transportation projects. The library project has no federal funding, and the City hasn't separately qualified a DBE program on its own.
The city engineering division will manage the bidding process and City Engineer Rob Phillips reports that it can be done with minimal delay. Construction could get underway in March 2012.
- Katie Crawley608-266-4611