(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commission decided this morning that it would give preference to Fremont County-based consulting firms for 1 percent sales tax projects.
The preference will only qualify for projects that are not used in conjunction with state funds. State funds require a state-wide preference.
Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton presented the idea to the commission during his department update at Tuesday morning’s meeting.
He and his department will not be seeking bids for consultants for the 1 percent sales tax projects. He will reach out to local firms for letters of interest and qualifications. The commission asked Pendleton to advertise for letters of interest so no firms were inadvertently left out.
Pendleton said the plan would be to provide interested firms with the list of projects. Commission Chairman Doug Thompson asked that consultants identify expertise related to specific projects. Pendleton said the consultants would then be matched with the projects he feels they could best handle, based on qualifications and availability.
The vote to solicit qualifications from consultants only within the county was unanimous. The chosen firms will be in charge of design, bidding and construction administration.
Representatives from several firms were present, and noting Commissioner Stephanie Kessler’s desire to have a competitive price, they said quality is what matters not price. James Gores of James Gores and Associates said in his experience of comparing prices with other firms, he’s never seen a price variation of more than 10 percent.
The commission declined to vote on whether the board would give any kind of price preference to in-county contractors when the time comes to bid for construction. The commission took the idea under advisement and will act at a later date.