MUSKOGEE, OK — Seconds may count in whether a bid for janitorial service at the county courthouse and annex is accepted, according to the Muskogee Pheonix.
Barbara Stiger of Jani-Klean had the apparent low bid — $2,692 per month — for cleaning the two county buildings, the article noted.
According to the article, the only other bid received was $3,100 per month from B&B Cleaning, the company that has had the cleaning contract for the last year.
At a special meeting county commissioners rejected Stiger''s bid and awarded the contract to B&B after courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Tripp said the Jani-Klean bid was filed after the 9:30 a.m. Monday bid deadline, the article stated.
District Attorney Larry Moore said he is researching whether the deadline was met: A 9:30 a.m. time stamp could mean the second bid was received at 10 seconds after 9:30 or 50 seconds after 9:30 and that it didn''t necessarily mean it was on file at exactly 9:30.
County commissioners may reconsider the janitorial bids next week, but that doesn''t ensure that Stiger''s firm will be awarded the cleaning contract, the article added.