Sludge of Our Lives, As the Sludge Turns. The soap opera that is the awarding of a contract to remove Jackson's biosolid wastes featured another episode last week, as a company protested that the Yarber administration selected a bid from a company that was a more expensive bid with less minority participation.
The opened bids were:
1. UCI-LAA, LLC: $13,887,500
2. PSI/GA Trucking: $14,640,000
3. Denali/SGE: $14,941,967
4. Hemphill Construction: $15,072,500
The city of Jackson issued this statement about the contract:
The City has notified the four proposers that the evaluation committee recommended PSI-GA, LLC as the best proposer with whom the City will begin negotiations for a contract for this project. At this time, since the City has not reached an agreement with PSI-GA, LLC, that would be presented to the City Council, the City has no further comments.JJ obtained a copy of a letter sent to the city attorney by UCI-LAA, LLC. The firm is represented by attorney Mike Espy. The company was created on February 5, 2016. The company is owned by Terry Lovelace and partnered with several other minority-owned firms (including one owned by Claude Banks. He is the son of Karl Banks.).
PSI-GA is owned by Jackson developer Richard Partridge and Philadelphia businesswoman Gidget Apperson (no, not that Gidget.). Both owners are white.
The company claims its bid is $752,000 lower than the winning bid and has 65% minority participation. The letter is posted below: