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Council ranks consulting firms

Consultant H. Douglas Bruce makes a presentation for his firm, Doug Bruce and Associates, during Thursday's special Chipley City Council meeting. Bruce's firm received top ranking from the city following the presentation,

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

CHIPLEY — Of the three consultants making presentations before the Chipley City Council only one brought a slide show with them — and a budget line-item of $400,000 from the State Legislature.

Doug Bruce and Associates of Tallahassee was ranked the number one choice of the three firms seeking the city’s business on Thursday night in a special council meeting, with Fred Fox Enterprises of St. Augustine being ranked second and David H. Melvin Inc of Marianna ranking third.

“What you are doing tonight is ranking them in order of one, two and three, with one being the first choice,” City Administrator Dan Miner explained to the council. Grants require the city to have a choice of consultants chosen in case there is a conflict and a replacement is needed.

After the meeting, Miner would contact the firms and let them know the results.

“Then what we will do is task them to start looking for funding,” Miner said. “Tasking and hiring are two different things.” He said the city would be spending no money up front in the process.

“Mr. Bruce has got connections,” Council Member Karen Rustin said. “He works with Tom Bryant, and Tom also has contacts in companies that he can bring to the table.”

She also said that Bruce went “above and beyond” in working with the city and the Legislature to get the line-item appropriation for $400,000.

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