ADVERTISEMENT AND INVITATION FOR BIDS Refugio County will receive bids for the “Austwell Water Quality

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Refugio County will receive bids for the “Austwell Water Quality Improvements Project” until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013. Sealed proposals will be addressed to Refugio County Judge Rene Mascorro, 808 Commerce Street, Room 104, Refugio, Texas 78377. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Refugio County Courthouse Commissioner’s Court Room. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Austwell City Hall, 108 South Gisler Street, Austwell, Texas 77950 with an on-site visit being a portion of the proceedings.

Major items of work include the following:

This project consists of 48” HDPE Storm Water Line, concrete headwalls, and concrete manholes in accordance with the contract documents, specifications, and plans. All material on this project must be certified Buy American.

Bid/Contract Documents, including Drawings and Technical Specifications are on file for review at the County Judge’s Office, County Courthouse. Copies can be obtained from the office of LNV, 801 Navigation, Suite 300, Corpus Christi, Texas 78408, (361) 883-1984, and will be forwarded to prospective bidders or suppliers upon depositing $40.00 with the Engineer, LNV, for each set of documents obtained. If mailed, an additional separate non-refundable fee of $10.00 will be required from all prospective bidders or suppliers to cover shipping and handling charges. The payment represents reproduction costs and is non-refundable.

"We reserve the right to process checks electronically by transmitting the amount of the check, routing number, account number, and check serial number to your financial institution."

A bid bond by an acceptable surety, in the amount of 5% of the bid amount shall be submitted with each bid. A certified check or bank draft payable to the County or negotiable U.S. Government Bonds (as par value) may be submitted in lieu of the Bid Bond.

Attention is called to the fact that not less than the federally determined prevailing (Davis-Bacon and Related Acts) wage rate, as issued by the Department of Labor and contained in the contract documents, must be paid on this project. In addition, the successful bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.

Refugio County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that reserves the right to reject any and all bids and/or waive any formalities in the bidding.

Bids may be held by the County for a period not to exceed 60 days from the date of the bid opening for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the bidder’s qualifications prior to the contract award.

Refugio County, Texas

/s/ Rene Mascorro,

County Judge

All contractors/subcontractors that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation on federal assistance programs may not undertake any activity in part or in full under this project.