Jim Maret, Nyssa city manager, talks about the city’s new water upgrade. The project – which includes a new water treatment plant – will be finished by the middle of October. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)
NYSSA – It was June 2017 and Nyssa City Manager Jim Maret faced a challenge. Charged with overseeing a $5.7 million water project for the city, Maret was searching for a contractor.
The project attracted one bid.
“It was way out of what we could pay. So, we put it back out for bid,” said Maret.
The second bid process didn’t generate any better results.
Maret said he then learned that contractors interested in a project in neighboring Vale were set to meet there at City Hall.
“So, I drove over. And I stood outside the . . .