After some discussion, Junction City Commissioners approved awarding the contract for installing carpet tiles at the Junction City Police Department building to Ben Kitchens Painting Co. at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. 

The company entered a bid of $53,980.88. Issues arose because Kitchens’ bid was the second-lowest ibid — Quality Trust, Inc. was the low bidder, entering a bid of $49,000. 

However, Deam & Deam LLC Architecture, who reviewed the bids, recommended the city accept the second-lowest bid. 

“My reservations is the price of $49,000 may be a little tight and I feel seven days is unrealistic,” Brett Deam, of Deam & Deam LLC Architecture, said in a memo to JCPD Chief Dan Breci. 

City Attorney Catherine Logan said the city does retain the discretion to retain “the lowest qualified bidder.” 

Quality Trust owner Larry Ruiz argued he believed his company was more than qualified to complete the project.

“Our subcontractor has done three projects already at the JCPD,” he told Commissioners. 

In total, four bids were received for the project, with the lowest being $49,000, and the highest being $57,417.65. Commissioners approved the recommendation from Deam & Deam LLC Architecture by a 3-2 vote. 

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