No information for the public on the Lakeville fire house bid …
I write this in response to the message of June 14th requesting a copy of the bid submitted in response to the Town’s bid solicitation for the purchase of the real property located at 9 and 9a Sharon Rd, Lakeville, Connecticut.
I have determined and certified that the public interest in disclosure of the bid is outweighed by the public interest in the confidentiality of the bid. Therefore, the bid is exempt from disclosure under Connecticut General Statutes section 1-210(b)(24), and I must decline your request.
I am hopeful that any negotiation will be successful, but in any event at the conclusion of the negotiation or signing of a contract, whichever occurs earlier, the bid will be available.
I would hope that any negotiation would be completed within a week, but can’t guarantee this. The BoS has not set any meeting to decide about going forward with a Town Meeting to consider a sale; when these details are known I will let you know.
Here is what the statute says (this is in reference to FOI exceptions):
Responses to any request for proposals or bid solicitation issued by a public agency or any record or file made by a public agency in connection with the contract award process, until such contract is executed or negotiations for the award of such contract have ended, whichever occurs earlier, provided the chief executive officer of such public agency certifies that the public interest in the disclosure of such responses, record or file is outweighed by the public interest in the confidentiality of such responses, record or file;
This section refers to ‘contract awards’ NOT the sale of Town property. Further there is only one bid. Had their been more, there would have been a public auction at which such details would have been revealed.
I do not understand what the big secret is here … I shall be discussing this with the FOI Commission tomorrow.