In conjunction with our representation of local government entities, the attorneys of White, Bear & Ankele are fully versed and experienced in compliance with laws of public construction contracting and public bidding. Unlike private construction enterprises, public entities such as special taxing districts are required to solicit bids for any public works construction project. This ensures that high quality improvements are provided to the public at the lowest cost to tax payers. We counsel private builders and local government clients as to the statutory procedures required to secure a public bid, including the necessary publications and invitations to bid, as well as the lawful use of governmental discretion in rejecting and accepting responsible bids.
Construction contracts for public improvements are themselves subject to statutory controls. Procedures for public land acquisition, requirements relating to performance and maintenance bonds, and adequate retainage are all critical aspects of any public works contract. We counsel local government clients to ensure compliance with all applicable law from ground-breaking through the final payment of a public construction project.