(Michael Chamberlain/Nevada Business Coalition) – At a special meeting of the Clark County Commission today the Commissioners voted to rebid a project that is the subject of a lawsuit by NBC.
After deliberating with staff in a closed-door meeting for over an hour as they discussed their options, the Commissioners emerged to reveal their decision.
The County Commission decided to allow the four finalists to re-bid the Clark County Detention Center Remodel Phase 1 both with and without a Project Labor Agreement. District Court Judge Jerry Wiese had issued an order in a lawsuit filed by NBC and the Associated Builders and Contractors preventing the County from awarding the contract under the PLA, ruling the PLA unfairly favored unions over non-union contractors and workers.
Initially this morning the Commissioners had considered allowing only the company scheduled to be awarded the contract to submit a proposal without the PLA, in an effort to comply with Judge Wiese’s order. But, after another of the four finalists objected, they decided to allow all of those companies to submit new proposals.
The County has appealed Judge Wiese’s ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court. The County did not release a schedule for the proposals but had hoped to complete the rebid process quickly as all agree the project is urgent.
(Michael Chamberlain is Executive Director of Nevada Business Coalition.)