The company that threatened to file a formal protest against Bay County after being passed up for a multi-million dollar utility project has had a change of heart.
On June 7, Western Summit Constructors served notice of its intent to challenge the contract award to Phoenix Construction. Western Summit partnered with CPH and Royal American Construction to bid on the $25 million alternate water supply system contract.
After hearing presentations from five qualified firms at their June 4 meeting, county commissioners awarded the project to Phoenix Construction of Lynn Haven. In its notice of intent, Western Summit alleged that Phoenix had unfairly influenced the board by making several performance-based financial guarantees for the project.
Western Summit had until June 21 to file a formal protest and post a $250,000 bond. According to Valerie Sale, the county's Public Information Officer, the Denver, Colorado-based firm advised the county via email on the day of the deadline that it would not follow through with the challenge.