Court rules in town's favor in fixed asset bid lawsuit
May 07, 2012
The town of Holliston, Massachusetts, recently triumphed in an ongoing lawsuit related to the award of a fixed asset
construction contract to the second-lowest bidder, the MetroWest Daily News reports.
Connecticut contractor Barr, Inc., brought a lawsuit against the town in 2008 after reliability concerns led officials to pass over it and give the $6.6 million contract to build a new police headquarters to another company. Barr argued that the town should not have been allowed to research into the company's previous work and reputation, which was found to be largely unfavorable. Rather, according to the contractor, Holliston officials should have been limited to accessing the state Department of Capital Asset Management's files and using this information in conjunction with that submitted in its bid.
"Their claim was that the evaluation process was not proper," explained town attorney David Doneski, as quoted by the news source.
The Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that the town had been within its rights to look into the company further.
The police department building houses the bike unit, traffic unit and several divisions, including firearms and accident reconstruction, according to the Holliston Patch.