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County approves no-bid contract

Littleton-based company hired to conduct commercial appraisals

Collin Smith

In other action

At its Tuesday meeting,

the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved a tax abatement for a section of the Pagoda Pipeline, which carries natural gas and is owned by county resident Lou Wyman. County Assessor Suzanne Brinks said Wyman is not selling any gas from the line and only uses it for personal use at the Wyman Museum and surrounding buildings.

After consulting with Visual Lease Services, which helps the county value energy industry property, Brinks concluded Wyman’s gas line should be valued the same as other personal use lines.

The commission approved her recommendation, which lowered Wyman’s property taxes from $6,259 to $311, which totals a $5,948 refund.

• Approved a $11,927 bid from Grand Junction-based Honnen Equipment for a Road and Bridge Department soil compactor, which will be attached to a backhoe. It was the only bid received, and although it was about $3,927 over budget, a Road and Bridge official said the department currently is $79,000 under budget on equipment expenses.

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— The Moffat County Commission approved a $29,400 contract without conducting a bid process during its Tuesday meeting.

The contract went to Littleton-based ValueWest, which will be hired as an independent contractor to conduct commercial appraisals in 2009.

County Assessor Suzanne Brinks said the county first contracted with ValueCheck – also of Littleton – about four years ago to appraise commercial property because it was cheaper than hiring a full-time employee.

Since that time, the county has not re-bid the service because the price has not changed from $2,450 a month, Commissioner Tom Mathers said after a telephone discussion with Brinks.

The county did not contract with ValueCheck this year because the certified general appraiser who handled Moffat County’s account to this time, John Zimmerman, started ValueWest.

Brinks told the commission that Zimmerman had done a good job before and she recommended staying with him.

County purchasing policy gives different “recommended” policies for purchasing professional services outside of competitive sealed bids.

The ordering department, the Assessor’s Office in this case, is responsible for negotiating contracts and distributing contract requests.

County policy also states, “Negotiations must be conducted in such a manner as to assure that no bidder is given an unfair advantage over his competitors.”

According to policy, a bid process can be waived for the following reasons:

• If an item is purchased cooperatively with another government agency.

• There is only one known source for the item.

• An item was previously bid within the past 90 days, and the price has not changed.

• The item costs less than $2,000.

• If there were no bids received or all initial bids were rejected.

• If officials cannot secure more than one bid.

The ValueWest contract does not meet any of those conditions.

In other action

At its Tuesday meeting,

the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved a tax abatement for a section of the Pagoda Pipeline, which carries natural gas and is owned by county resident Lou Wyman. County Assessor Suzanne Brinks said Wyman is not selling any gas from the line and only uses it for personal use at the Wyman Museum and surrounding buildings.

After consulting with Visual Lease Services, which helps the county value energy industry property, Brinks concluded Wyman’s gas line should be valued the same as other personal use lines.

The commission approved her recommendation, which lowered Wyman’s property taxes from $6,259 to $311, which totals a $5,948 refund.

• Approved a $11,927 bid from Grand Junction-based Honnen Equipment for a Road and Bridge Department soil compactor, which will be attached to a backhoe. It was the only bid received, and although it was about $3,927 over budget, a Road and Bridge official said the department currently is $79,000 under budget on equipment expenses.