A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ordered Chandler officials not to open bids on the city’s exclusive towing contract for at least another three weeks.
Cactus Towing, which currently holds the city contract that expires in May, asked the court March 14 to stop city officials from opening bids on the contract. Those bids, which were set to be opened March 15, will have to wait until after an April 13 preliminary injunction hearing.
“If we don’t get it awarded by May 15, we will be doing something to bridge that gap,” said Mike Mandt, the city procurement officer handling the towing contract. “We don’t know what that is yet.”
According to court documents, Cactus Towing claims the city’s new contract, provided to all bidders in advance, goes too far in regulating how much the company may charge for towing vehicles from its lot to another location. The current contract regulates only the fees charged to customers for an initial tow.
In other business between the city and Cactus Towing, the City Council on Thursday gave the go-ahead for the company to triple its daily storage fee on vehicles impounded under certain circumstances such as underage drinking and driving; extreme and aggravated DUI; and driving with a revoked or suspended license. The law requires police to impound such vehicles for 30 days. The company may now charge $15 instead of $5 per day.