The White Pine County Commission voted to put the McGill Senior Center Front Porch project back out to bid during its meeting last Wednesday. The project was originally awarded to Schell Creek Construction, but MGM Construction protested the decision on claims that it did not receive an addendum stating the bid opening would be delayed by 15 minutes. Protests were also raised over Bill Calderwood’s brother-in-law working for Schell Creek Construction. 

“My opinion is that our only proper recourse to be fair to everybody is for us to go back and rebid the whole process again,” County Commissioner Richard Howe said. “I know it’s getting close to winter. I know we have to do this right and we have to be fair to Schell Creek, we have to be fair to MGM and we have to be fair to Hewko. I think the proper way to do this is to go back and have all the parties rebid the job.”

Although the measure passed unanimously, not all the commissioners were in agreement. Commissioner Mike Coster originally brought forward a motion to award the bid to MGM Construction but it failed three-to-two with Commissioners Coster and Laurie Carson voting for it.

“We rejected this (bid) for the smallest of possible, and I believe immaterial matter, announcing what amounts to be a 15 minutes later in the same day at a bid opening ceremony that they were not required to attend,” Coster said. “…I can’t fathom a less material issue.”

The County Commission also voted on the following items:

• Approval to award the bid to install two metal golf cart sheds at the White Pine County Golf Course to Coast to Coast.

• Approval to contribute $3,896.50 to the Nevada Land Management Task Force to fund the production of the final report for presentation to the Nevada Legislature.

• Approval to host regular County Commission meetings on Nov. 13 and Dec. 18 because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

• Approval of application for 2013 STOP continuation grant in the amount of $45,000 for part-time advocates and one part-time program director/advocate.

• Approval to rescind the decision made on Sept. 25 to donate a White Pine County Ambulance and to approve donation of a White Pine County Ambulance with the vin number 1FDRE30F4SHHB31013.

• Approval of list of county owned equipment to be auctioned.

• Approval of change order proposed by Alpine Environmental Resources to complete the newly requested architectural study as required by Nevada State Historic Preservation Office on SNPLMA construction projects not to exceed $5,9000 wit hall costs coming from current SNPLMA budgets.

• Approval of agreement between White Pine County and the state of Nevada through the Department of Transportation in the amount not to exceed $20,954 with a match of $8,926 in matching funds or in-kind contributions to operate the Ely Bus from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2014.

• Approval of interlocal contract between public agencies (White Pine County, State of Nevada, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Care Financing and Policy and Division of Welfare and Support Services) for the 50/50 match program for long-term care Contract is in effect through June 30, 2015.

• Approval of lease agreement between the White Pine County School District, White Pine County and Lund Town Council for the lower portion of the old Lund Grade School to be used as the Lund Community Center in the amount of $1 per year plus utilities.

The commission also received an update from SH Architecture Vice-President Eric Roberts on the aquatics facility. Roberts said the project is running on schedule to open in 2014.

The next county commission meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23. All commission meetings are open to the public.