The Young County Commissioners Court’s decision to search for bids for the demolition of the old law enforcement center on the Square proved fruitful Monday, as six different bidders drove the price down even further than what commissioners were already calling a great deal at $34,700.

That price was set by a more than year-old, but not yet solidified contract between the county and Matrix Demolition, and for several months proponents of the demolition said that it was likely the best deal the county could get.

But when the company found out that Young County officials were seeking bids for the demolition, it decided to lower its price $6,000 to $28,700 for a salvage-style tear down that allowed Matrix to keep whatever scrap materials were in the building. Matrix representative Rodney Mays said that the new price did not really change what the county would have received for $34,700, and that the bidding process rendered it necessary for Matrix to lower the price.

Commissioner Matt Pruitt called the price a slam dunk, and the commissioners court ended up voting to accept the new contract from Matrix.

“I still feel we made some modifications to the Local Government Code in order to do this,” Commissioner Mike Sipes said of the court’s decision to search for competitive bids from other companies. “It ended up working out, but if we start setting the precedent that we will take bids for everything that costs under $50,000, it could hamper our ability to get things done efficiently.

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Sipes added that another factor in the lowering of the price could be recent raises in the value of metal. Commissioner Matt Pruitt said that he agreed with Sipes regarding the rising value of scrap metal and its role in Young County’s savings.

“The value of the metal really helped,” Pruitt said. “But for me, saving the taxpayer is key. Even if we save the taxpayer only $1,000, it’s still $1,000.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.