• LEGAL NOTICE Invitation for B...

LEGAL NOTICE Invitation for Bids The Centre County Board of Commissioners on behalf of the 911 Emergency Communications Department invites qualified Wireless Internet Service Providers to submit sealed bids for the Wireless Internet Service Provider Co-Location Project. Bid documents may be obtained beginning on December 10, 2018, during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST, from the Centre County Commissioners' Office located in the Willowbank Office Building, 420 Holmes Street, Bellefonte, PA. Documents may also be requested via email from nlbird@centrecountypa.gov. An informational presentation and site visit will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. It is highly recommended that Bidders attend the presentation and site visit. Bidders are to meet in the lobby of the Willowbank Office Building, 420 Holmes Street, Bellefonte, PA at 10:00 AM. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked "Wireless Internet Services Co-Location Project" to Centre County Government, c/o County Controller, Willowbank Office Building, 420 Holmes Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823. Interested wireless access providers must submit one (1) original, one (1) hard copies. Bids must be accompanied by a certified/cashier's check of Bid Bond in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Bid amount, made payable to Centre County Government. Deadline for receipt of Bids is 4:00 PM EST on Friday, January 25, 2019. Bids submitted after the 4:00 PM deadline will not be accepted or considered and will be returned to the Contractor unopened. Telephone, e-mail, and/or facsimile Bids will not be accepted. All Bids shall be irrevocable for six (6) months after the Bid opening date. Bidders understand that the County reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, to waive any or all irregularities or technicalities, and the right to award the Bid in the best interest of the County. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Centre County is offering a Lease to co-locate on three or more 9-1-1 tower sites as part of the Wireless Internet Service Provider Co-Location Project broadband initiative. Centre County seeks to secure a Lease for an anchor Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP). The successful Bidder will enter into a single Lease covering all three tower Sites to be offered by the County. The successful Bidder will be responsible for providing service within three (3) months of the County's notice to proceed. Under contract, the successful Bidder will deploy its equipment on the Centre Hall Tower Site, Willowbank Tower Site, and Woodward Tower Site in succession in an agreed phased approach to providing service to specified areas of the County. Centre County will select the Wireless Internet Service Provider whom it determines most closely satisfies the needs of the County. There is no requirement for acceptance of the highest offer, and specific requirements may be waived or amended at the discretion of the County. The Successful Bidder shall provide a performance and payment bond for the full dollar amount within ten (10) business days from the day of the request by the County, or on the date a Lease is entered into with the County, whichever shall first occur. The County of Centre is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that selects contractors without consideration of race, religion, color, ethnic background, sex, age or handicapped status. Minority-owned businesses are encouraged to submit Bids. Bids will be opened publicly on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Board of Commissioners' Meeting in Room 146 of the Willowbank Office Building, Bellefonte, PA at 10:00 AM Prevailing Time. No award of the contract will be made at the opening. The Successful Bidder will be expected to enter into a Lease with the County, incorporating the IFB terms and the awarded Bid, as well as other terms and conditions acceptable to the County. CENTRE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ATTEST: Margaret N. Gray, Administrator