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Borough goes forward with marine hoist purchase

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The Borough Assembly held a special meeting Friday, February 15, to discuss the purchase of a marine hoist.

The City made the decision to procure the 300-ton hoist from Italian company ASCOM S.p.A. after a bidding period last fall.

Marine Travelift in Wrangell’s port – Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK News

Kendrick Equipment, the unsuccessful bidder, protested the City’s decision earlier this year. The City considered the protest and decided to continue with the original purchase.

Bill Kendrick, president of the North American firm, formally appealed to the City to reconsider.

Borough Manager Tim Rooney and a City attorney considered the appeal but did not change their earlier decision.

In Friday’s meeting, the Borough Assembly unanimously approved to uphold the Borough Manager’s decision to purchase the hoist from ASCOM.

Both Kendrick Equipment and ASCOM were notified of the Assembly’s vote.

ASCOM will now receive a Note to Proceed from the City.

Kendrick Equipment can choose to file an appeal with the Court.

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