Commissioner explains his bid decision

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By The Staff


Last week there was a letter to the editor from a person voicing his concern about the way a recent bid was handled by the city commission in Bedford.

First, I would like to thank the man for taking the time to exhibit his opinion because I am a city commissioner in Bedford. Personally, I believe the more people involved in our local government the better. After all, it is our community and each of us has a right, and even more a responsibility, to make this community the best it can be.

The bidding process for the city of Bedford can be a simple procedure, but from time to time, the decision-making can get complicated. Most recently, the city accepted bids to mow the grass around the Morgan Community Center. At first glance, I like to go with the lowest bid because it saves the city money.

However, there are times when the lowest bid doesn’t get the contract. There are other issues to look at besides the price. For example, the bid should describe the job that will be performed in full detail. All bids should have something in writing that shows that the person doing the job has insurance in the event of an accident so that the liability does not fall on the city.

Something else that I take into account is the employment status of everyone bidding for the job. To my knowledge, only one of the people bidding to mow the grass on the Morgan Community Center property does that kind of work to provide for his family. In addition, I like to look at prior experience with the bidders. The person that received the contract has mowed the community center property before and when I asked about his performance, the other commissioners agreed that he handled the job very well. Considering all those points, it was not an easy decision but one that had to be made because the grass needed to be mowed.

Being a city commissioner is not a glorious position. It does not pay large sums of money. One person cannot make decisions without the votes of two other commissioners in a public meeting. There will be instances in which people will get their feelings hurt.

Personally, I would like to be able to please all of the people all of the time, but that is far from realistic. The term for a city commissioner is two years. To seek election, a person must reside within the city limits of Bedford. That person must file a petition and a $20 fee with the County Clerk’s office on even numbered years. The commission meets the third Monday of every month at the Morgan Community Center at 7 p.m. and generally does not last more than two hours.

These meetings are in an area large enough to accommodate a large group of constituents. I have always encouraged people from the community to come to the meetings and now even more because of the recent questions raised from the person in last week’s edition of the Trimble Banner.

The bottom line here is that this is our community. Not just mine, not just yours, it is ours. If you don’t like the way things are done you can sit on the sidelines and rant or you can seek election and become part of a solution to make this the best place in the world to live and raise a family.

Todd Pollock

Bedford, Ky.