Did City of Middleton Violate Bidding Rules?

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By: 
Matt Geiger

The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc. on Wednesday obtained a temporary restraining order in Dane County Circuit Court barring the City of Middleton from proceeding with the construction of its new Public Works Facility and Outbuildings to be located at 4330 Parmenter Street in Middleton.  

Judge Rhonda L. Lanford issued the order after concluding that the City of Middleton improperly awarded the public contract for the construction of the new Public Works Facility to Newcomb Construction, Inc. of Madison.

On December 12, 2013, the City of Middleton issued a public notice that it was accepting bids for the construction of the new Public Works Facility and Outbuildings, which has an estimated cost of over $9 million.  Nine different contractors submitted bids for the Project, including six contractors who are members of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.  

As previously reported in the Times-Tribune, The City of Middleton Common Council voted on March 4, 2014 to award the contract for the Project to Newcomb Construction despite the fact that Newcomb Construction was not the lowest responsible bidder and had failed to comply with the City’s advertised bid requirements, according to a complaint filed by Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin.

The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin successfully argued to Judge Lanford that the City of Middleton had violated its own ordinances and Wisconsin law by awarding the contract to Newcomb Construction.

The Associated General Contractors is now seeking to the have the City of Middleton rebid the Project and/or award the contract for construction to the lowest responsible bidder.  

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision,” said Robert Barker, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin. “Fairness and transparency in public contracting is critical for the industry. The City must abide by the rules so that all bidders are given a fair shake.”

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