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Bus company ends bid to get back Dallas contract

September 26. 2013 11:24PM

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WILKES-BARRE – A Dallas bus company’s effort to regain a school district contract that was thrown out by a judge has seemingly come to an end in Luzerne County Court.

Jonathan Comitz, an attorney who represents Emanuel Bus Line, filed a request to “discontinue” a court action in the company’s attempt to regain a contract with the Dallas School District after another company received the contract.

In June, Emanuel Bus Line filed a preliminary injunction after the school board sought competitive bids for bus service. In the filing, Emanuel sought to have a contract awarded to the company.

The board received bids from Emanuel and G. Davis Inc., of Pike County, which offered a contract at $83,000 less than Emanuel’s. The public complained and the board allowed both companies to resubmit new proposals.

Only Emanuel did, and district Business Manager Grant Palfey determined G. Davis was still about $7,600 lower. The board voted a second time to hire G. Davis.

Later that month, county Judge Michael Vough ruled that Emanuel Bus Line would not regain the bus contract it previously held for many years.

At the time, Comitz said the decision could put 25 people out of a job and that other options available to Emanuel to regain damages were not out of the question.

Comitz did not return a phone call seeking comment Thursday.

A search through county court records did not reveal any other court filings regarding the issue.

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