City Council rejects police bid process

A confused City Counsel rejected a bid process to expand a police evidence facility after well-known local construction companies cried foul.

"What we've got here is a process, a situation, that I could not very well explain to my constiuents about how we got here," Councilor Al Densmore said.

Representatives from Batzer Construction, Vitus Construction and the Ausland Group charged the city biding process wasn't fair after city staff recommended the council approve the high bid by Adroit Construction of $474,000.

Vitus' bid was $424,300, Ausland's was $441,777 and Batzer's was $459,420.

Medford police want to add on to an existing 4,900-square-foot evidence center in west Medford that they say is rapidly running out of space.

The proposed addition includes a 1,400-square-foot storage area and two bays where vehicles involved in crimes can be searched. The two-bay vehicle search area will free up a similar area in the existing building for evidence storage. Evidence must be retained for 50 years or more in certain violent crimes.

— Damian Mann

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