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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016 7:36 pm

The city commissioners approved a construction contractor’s bid for making improvements to Madison’s electric grid during 2016, and they may also have drawn in another contractor with a reluctant low bid to replace decorative street lighting in downtown Madison.

The Madison City Commission accepted a low bid of about $263,200 from May Construction Inc. of Madison to upgrade part of the city’s electric distribution system. Four contractors bid on the project with AEI Construction of Perham, Minn., providing the second-lowest bid of about $307,400.

The commissioners also accepted a low bid of $53,150 from TE Underground of Tyler, Minn., to install new decorative lampposts in the downtown area.

The president of TE Underground, Tony Dybdahl, sent a letter dated April 20 to Chad Comes, city engineer, asking that his company have its bid withdrawn from consideration for performing upgrades to the decorative street lighting alone – without also performing the electrical grid work.

The next-lowest bid for the decorative street lamp project was about $86,600 made by May Construction.

The commissioners decided to approve the low bid made by TE Underground.