Nueces County Commissioners last week rescinded a contract awarded to a fast food chain with a restaurant in Robstown.
Pete's Chicken-N-More Inc. had been awarded a contract for Robstown parks concession stands service at a previous commissioners court meeting, but County Judge Loyd Neal informed commissioners that certain specifications had not been met on the part of the restaurant chain, mainly that Pete's would not offer its employees worker's compensation, which the county requires.
"We had been working with them for several weeks to get (worker's compensation) in place," said purchasing agent Elsa Saenz. "But we received a letter from them stating they would not be able to put that in place."
The letter was sent to the county Sept.18, the day before commissioners met for a scheduled meeting, Saenz said. At the meeting, the court voted 4-0 to rescind the contract and re-advertise for bids, which should begin sometime next week, county officials said.
Randy Maldonado, president and CEO of Pete's Chicken-N-More Inc., said the company has decided to re-submit a bid for the contract under the name of a sister corporation, Sizzling Foods, which is owned by Maldonado's wife, Yvette.
"Texas is an at-will state. It is not required to carry workers compensation," Maldonado said. "It is very costly."
Pete's is self-insured, however, with $1 million set aside in the event of future accidents, he added. Sizzling Foods would have worker's compensation, but Maldonado said they are in the process of gathering information on premiums before making a final decision.