Lancaster delays sewer line project

October 07, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - A sewer line project for Price Court will not proceed until next spring because the city wants to re-bid the work after two bids came in too high for the City Council to accept.

"The bids are about $20,000 to $25,000 (too) high," Kevin Howard of Summit Engineering told the council after he and Millard Rose, interim utility manager, studied the bids from Todd Johnson Contracting of Danville and Southern Backhoe Inc. of Campbellsville. Todd Johnson submitted a bid of $121,671 and Southern Backhoe bid $103,562.

After City Clerk Shari Lane opened and read the two bids during Monday night's meeting, the council tentatively approved Southern Backhoe's bid pending further study. Howard and Rose left the council room to study the bids then returned moments later and told the council they should re-bid the work in late winter for a March start date.

"I believe you will save money if you wait to bid in February," said Howard. He said companies probably upped their bids because they felt the city wanted the project finished within 60 days and would not have time to re-bid it this year. Howard said earlier in the meeting that because asphalt plants close in mid-November, only six weeks of working weather remain this year.


"If construction goes into December, then the folks who live on Price Court are going to have to drive on broken gravel until April," Howard said.

The project will result in 2,000 feet of new pipe to replace deteriorating lines. Thirty-two residents will be affected. "There's been a lot of stop-ups," said Rose.

In other business, the council:

* Swore in a new city councilman. The Rev. Walter "Pete" Arnold was appointed to take over the term vacated by Delmer Warren when he resigned in September. Arnold took the oath of office from City Attorney Jimmy Sanders.

* Agreed to advertise for a new police officer position. Wanda Shelton, interim police chief, recommended the council hire a new officer in the wake of the recent injury that sidelined officer Russell Preston.

* Sold three used police cars for $1,450 after accepting the highest sealed bids for each cruiser. The council took Allen Weston's bid for $650 for a 1995 cruiser, Mike Hopkins' bid of $326 for a 1993 unit, and Harold's Auto Parts' bid of $424 for a 1996 cruiser.

* Set Trick or Treating hours for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.

* Set a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to interview applicants for the vacant utility clerk's position. The council is expected to interview five applicants from a pool of seven or eight interested people.

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