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FORMERLY SENATE BILL NO. 479

AN ACT TO VALIDATE THE PUBLICATION OF CERTAIN CONSTRUCTION BID NOTICES, AND TO AUTHORIZE DELAWARE STATE COLLEGE TO AWARD THE CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE EDUCATION AND HUMANITIES CENTER TO THE LOWEST RESPONSIBLE BIDDER.

WHEREAS, legislation has been passed authorizing the Delaware State College to contract for the construction of an Education and Humanities Center; and

WHEREAS, all construction bids were to be in accordance with Section 6905 (c), Title 29 of the Delaware Code, and were to be published in newspapers of state-wide circulation at least once a week during two consecutive weeks; and

WHEREAS, the bids were advertised in five newspapers having a general circulation within the State of Delaware, including publication in Wilmington Morning News in 1971 on March 29, 30 and 31 and publication in the Delaware State News on March 30, 31 and April 1; and

WHEREAS, it is desired to accept the bid of the lowest responsible bidder whose bid of $3,579,300 was $178,700 lower than the next lowest bid, and it would be undesirable for many reasons to require re-bidding; and

WHEREAS, there was substantial compliance with the statute, and complete compliance with the spirit of the statute in that notice was freely available to all possible bidders both through newspapers and through construction trade publications such as the Dodge Reports (six times) and the Delaware Contractors Association News (for, eight consecutive weeks).

NOW, THEREFORE:

Section 1. The offer for bids by the Delaware State College for the construction of the Education and Humanities Center on the campus of said College is hereby validated and confirmed, notwithstanding the fact that Notice of the acceptance of bids was not published for two consecutive weeks in accordance with Section 6905 (c), Title 29 of the Delaware Code.

Said College is hereby authorized to accept the bid of the lowest responsible bidder.

Approved July 27, 1971.