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Aldermen moving forward with transport facility work

An area construction company’s decision to contest bid selectionon the Brookhaven Multi-Modal Facility will not hold up progress tofinally get the transportation hub built, city officials said.

City officials have said a bid from Scarbrough Construction, ofRoxie, was the lowest bid for construction on the multi-modalfacility, but it was disqualified during the award process becauseof incomplete paperwork.

However, Scarbrough owner Jan Scarbrough said Tuesday hiscompany is contesting the decision to award the project to PaulJackson and Son, of Brookhaven. Scarbrough has filed a lawsuit inLincoln County Circuit Court challenging the city’s action.

Meanwhile, at Tuesday night’s board of aldermen meeting, theboard voted unanimously, after an executive session discussion, notto allow the pending litigation to cause another setback in theproject. So far the venture has taken nine years to come tofruition.

“I don’t think it will hold things up,” said City Attorney JoeFernald. “(Mayor Bob Massengill) wants to get things under way sowe don’t have any more snags.”

However, both city officials and Scarbrough are tight-lipped onspecifics of the pending legal challenge.

“There are a lot of different things I can’t get into that haveto be considered by the parties,” Fernald said. “But I think it’llbe resolved quickly.”