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Why wasn't job put up for bid?

Why wasn't job put up for bid?

January 25, 2008

Editor's note: Each Friday, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

Why wasn't job put up for bid?

Q: "I want to know why the Williamsport Town Council did not place the job of building a Web site for bid. Instead, they let the town attorney's son have it for $1,500. Why weren't people aware of this job, and allowed to bid on this job? I think it was very unfair to hand it over to the town attorney's son." - Williamsport

A: Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II said contracts under $10,000 do not have to be put out to bid. He said another computer company gave him a quote of $5,000 to build and maintain the Web site. Eric Kuczynski, who has his own computer design business, will charge $1,500 for setting up the site and managing it for a year. It's expected to be ready next month. "It's the best bang for the buck," McCleaf said. Kuczynski's father, Edward, and grandfather, Robert, serve as the town's attorneys.

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