THE CITY OF OCONOMOWOC, WISCONSIN, (the only place in America where every 2nd letter is an “o”) needs to have its 900 fire hydrants re-painted. And like a good, responsible city they choose to hire somebody to do it, instead of ordering their firefighters to leave their checker games and go out and paint the hydrants themselves.
With the slack economy, they expected several bids on the job from firms needing work. They got them alright, but most of the companies bidding were trying to turn their own economy around in one bid.
One construction company bid $549 per hydrant. They were underbid by another firm who offered to do it for $465 per hydrant.
Fortunately for the good folks of Oconomowoc they have an “experienced hydrant painter” who stepped in with a bid to paint them for $95 each.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel fills us in on the STORY.