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Industrial Development Authorities Signed No-Bid Contracts For Nearly $900,000 For Caterpillar Project

Williams, right, at meeting in November
Williams, right, at meeting in November
The industrial development authorities of Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties in early 2012 granted two no-bid contracts totaling $870,079 to Williams and Associates land planners of Oconee County for engineering services for the Caterpillar project.

Georgia law requires bidding for construction projects, but not for the professional services provided by Williams and Associates, according to Oconee County Attorney Daniel Haygood.

The contracts with Williams have not been a secret, though they also have not been widely discussed. The relationship has been mentioned in open meetings of the Oconee County Industrial Development Authority when payments have been made to Williams.

At the same time, the county has made it difficult for individuals to obtain information about the contracts.

As of the end of October of last year, Oconee County had paid Williams and Associates $296,379, according to financial records from the Oconee County IDA. Athens-Clarke County shares costs for the Caterpillar project equally, making the total payment just less than $600,000.

To learn about the two contracts and the procedures needed to obtain them, go to Oconee County Observations.

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Lee Becker February 10, 2014 at 09:06 AM
I made an error in the headline for an earlier version of this post. That error also went out in the morning news feed. I apologize for the mistake.

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