FLINT TWP. — Acceptance of a contract with ATI Group of Flushing will bring all of the township’s building heating and cooling maintenance under one domain.
In a 6-1 vote at its Oct. 15 meeting, the township board approved ATI’s bid of $1,030 annually to handle maintenance at five township buildings — the township hall, the senior citizens center and all three fire stations.
ATI already has a separate contract for the police station.
It was the low bidder over five other companies — Goyette, Ken Hardin, Dee Cramer, Johnson & Wood and DM Burr, which submitted bids of $2,800, $2,990, $2.995, $4,897 and $7,200, respectively.
Township Supervisor Karyn Supervisor and Clerk Kim Courts said ATI was asked about its low bid and said it was because they get grants and pass the savings on to customers.
Trustee Frank Kasle said he is normally wary of a bid that comes in so much lower than others but was satisfied by ATI’s “reasonable” explanation,
Trustee George Menoutes was not satisfied and cast the lone no vote.
“The cheapest isn’t always the best,” Menoutes said,
Dee Cramer held the previous contract which is reviewed annually.
“If we award them (ATI) the contract and they don’t perform, we can cancel it and award it to someone else,” Kasle said.