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Business withdraws protest in levee re-building process

BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

A local business owner says getting the Birds Point Levee rebuilt is more important than challenging the clay hauling contract awarded to a Las Vegas contractor.

Donald Bond of Donald Bond Construction tells me he withdrew his protest involving Wadley Construction because of "current concerns about getting that levee built back up by this winter".

Bond says concerns raised by Levee district members and local farmers led to that decision.

Bond's company had filed a protest with the US Army Corps of Engineers, claiming Wadley did not qualify as a small business, and therefore should not have been awarded the small business bid to haul clay to the levee.

The Corps sent the protest on to the Small Business Administration.

SBA spokeswoman Tiffani Shea Clements confirms the protest has been withdrawn.

Corps spokesman Jim Pogue says the clay's being used to build the Birds Point Levee back up to 51 feet by November 30.

Pogue says Wadley resumed hauling clay to the site Thursday morning. 

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