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County will post bid information on Internet

By BRIDGET HALL

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 30, 2000


INVERNESS -- The County Commission has decided to give businesses easier access to bid information by posting it on the Internet.

The service will be provided by www.DemandStar.com, and there is no cost to the county to post bid notices or to the businesses to retrieve them.

DemandStar will charge businesses $30 a year to access other bid-related information.

For those who do not have Internet access, bid documents will still be available by fax or pick up. County officials said they also would continue to advertise bids in the newspaper.

Other counties that have used online bidding have reduced their advertising and postage costs, while seeing an increase in the number of bid responses and requests, DemandStar account executive Mike Rath said.

"We all concluded this would increase the awareness of our bids," Commissioner Brad Thorpe said last week. "Eventually this will be the way to go."

In other commission news:

OLD JAIL PARKING LOT: The county assured Winston Perry, president of the New Inverness Olde Towne Association, that the parking lot at the old jail site will be paved in time for the Oct. 21 rededication of the historic courthouse. Public Works Director Ken Saunders said the county would start paving the lot in a few weeks, once the nearby Main Street parking lot fully reopens from its month-long decontamination project.

PROPERTY APPRAISER STAYS PUT: Commissioners turned down a proposal by Property Appraiser Ron Schultz to move his Inverness office from the courthouse to an office building on State Road 44. Although the move would free up more courthouse space, commissioners said they could not pay for the $835,000 building while spending $10-million on courthouse expansions.

PAYING FOR PRO-LINE: The board voted 3-1, with Commissioner Gary Bartell out of the room on a phone call, to cover Pro-Line Boat's $45,180 connection fee to the Homosassa sewer line. Pro-Line created 15 jobs and met other requirements as part of a state grant the county received to pay for the wastewater system. Commissioner Vicki Phillips voted against the Pro-Line funding because the money will come from the county's water quality budget, not from the occupational license fee money set aside for economic development.

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