By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Public Works Director Gary Rohrer said he's responsible for a mistake that could cost Washington County taxpayers thousands of dollars.
"The buck stops here," Rohrer said Thursday.
The situation arose because the county missed a 60-day deadline to accept the low bid on a sewer project in the Cavetown area. The Washington County Commissioners awarded the contract but a letter to that effect was not sent to the contractor before the bid expired.
The low bidder then raised its bid by $58,000, but the county refused to accept it.
Rohrer said the project will be rebid, but the mistake probably will cost the county some money.
David H. Martin Excavating Inc., of Chambersburg, Pa., submitted the low bid of $249,848.66.
That was $135,000 under the engineers' estimate for the project and $104,000 under the next lowest bid.
The bid was so low that Rohrer contacted the company to make sure officials there understood the contract and could perform the work.