Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 27, approved Resolution #R-34-2021, selecting Teal Construction Company as the successful bidder for the Aransas County Downtown Anchor Project – County Courthouse Construction. The action is subject to the review and approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granting permission for the County to proceed with the construction project when two, instead of three, bids were received.

County Director of Community Development John Strothman said 66 companies initially inquired about the project, and five or six showed up at the pre-bid conference.

Only two local contractors turned in bids.

“(Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills) asked that the three bid requirement be waived,” said Strothman. “TDEM (Texas Department of Emergency Management) said yes, and we’re waiting to receive word from FEMA.”

Teal Construction Co. sent a letter to the County expressing concerns about the fluctuation in cost of materials. County staff, after discussions with others, believes that some prices may rise as much as 30% after Jan. 1, 2022.

Taking that into account, County staff recommended commissioners adopt the Resolution selecting Teal Construction Company as the successful bidder for the project and begin negotiating a contract in the hope that FEMA will approve moving forward with only two bids.

As soon as a contract has been negotiated and approval to proceed is received, the contract will be brought back to the commissioners for approval.

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