City postpones vote on Main St. contractor

The Grand Junction City Council delayed voting on a contractor for the second phase of the Main Street renovation project, choosing to revisit the matter Nov. 29.

Four of the seven council members attended the meeting Wednesday night, but council member Gregg Palmer said before the meeting he would recuse himself from the vote because of a conflict of interest. Palmer owns Brown’s Shoe Fit, 429 Main St., which is in the area to be redeveloped — the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Main Street.

The outcome of a vote by only three council members could be challenged for not representing a majority of the council. For lack of a quorum, it was easier to put off the decision until all council members could attend, City Attorney John Shaver said.

Council members will consider during their next meeting whether to ratify a construction contract for Sorter Construction to complete the work.

Sorter’s bid was the lowest at $2.88 million.

FCI Constructors, which completed the first phase of the project, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks, came in at $2.95 million.


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