High Point contractors should get an opportunity to bid on projects, said the City Council Monday night.
The Housing and Community Development Department requested the council’s approval on a contract with Unity Builders to construct 11 houses on city-owned property in the Southside community.
Were High Point contractors not included in the project, Councilman John Faircloth asked department head Michael McNair .
The developer had partnered with its own contractor and brought a proposal to the city, McNair said. In the past, contractors in the city haven’t stepped forward to tackle city development projects.
With the slowdown in the economy, local contractors may have a renewed interest, Faircloth said.
Several of the council members agreed that request for proposals should be gathered but stopped short of suggesting that this project needed to be postponed until proposals could be received.
The contract was approved 5-3, with council members Mike Pugh , Chris Whitley and Lisa Stahlmann voting against the motion. Mayor Becky Smothers was absent.
In other business, the council:
• awarded a bid of $1,871,917 to Brooks General Contractors to construct the soccer complex and Miracle League Field at the High Point Athletic Complex on School Park Road.
The council also approved rezoning of 16.5 acres along the west side of Shadybrook Road, 250 feet south of School Park Drive, for public and institutional uses to construct the fields and a future school.
• approved a contract extension of $150,000 with Breece Engineering for a new sanitary sewer outfall to serve West Lexington Avenue. The sewer line will serve property for a new firehouse at Wallburg High Point Road and West Lexington Avenue and two homes. The council also approved buying the 2.6 acre property from Bruce Clodfelter Jr. and Janet Clodfelter on West Lexington Avenue for the new fire station.
• amended the budget to reflect $60,000 from the Library Foundation to buy new shelving for the library.
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