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Port adds new bidding criteria

Just in time for preparations on work to construct the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, the port’s commissioners last night approved a resolution to give the agency more input on the bidding process.

Travis Jansen is the port’s maintenance manager and Monday night recommended commissioners approve the move to add more criteria for contractors bidding on port projects.

“Including specific criteria for a project can be helpful in ensuring that a contractor has the necessary expertise to complete the project,” Jansen said in a memo to commissioners.

The resolution approved last night, he noted, has the flexibility to tailor additional bidding criteria depending on the project at hand.

Jansen was also up front with commissioners in noting that adding supplemental criteria to the bidding process can delay a project or risk excluding some contractors if criteria are too narrow.

He added that not all port projects will need to add additional technical requirements. The $7 million digester will, however.

“We are working on how to incorporate supplemental criteria into this project to make certain that we get good experience on a couple key items in the project,” Jansen said.

Port Commissioner Jeff Matson said he saw a presentation on the benefits of adding supplemental criteria to bidding out projects during a small ports conference. He praised Jansen and port staff for drafting up the resolution for passage last night. “I’m glad you guys are on top of this so we can have more control over the project,” Matson said.

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