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Four bids totaling $313,128 get OK

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved four bids totaling $313,128 during its regular meeting Monday morning. The bids include excavation for a road and cul-de-sac for the YMCA, striping some roads, putting shoulder stone along some newly repaved roads and the purchase of a Lee Boy 3000 loader for the county highway department.
The low bid for road work at the YMCA was received from Temple and Temple Excavating and Paving Co. of Salem. They bid $52,800 to cut a 1,250-foot-long strip for the main road from S.R. 135 north to the end of the YMCA. That road will be named Jenkins Circle. The company bid another $27,000 to excavate a 900-foot-long roadbed and cul-de-sac to the YMCA building site and parking lot. This portion will be named Keller Court.
County engineer Darin Duncan said Tuesday that a problem with the Temple and Temple bid arose when he double-checked the figures with the company, because he was curious about why the bid was so low in comparison to the engineer’s estimate and the other bids.
He said he was told that a portion of the project had possibly been omitted from the bid, and he was consulting the county attorney, David A. Layson, about the matter.
“It might be that we’ll have to throw out this bid and go with the second lowest bid if we cannot get this problem worked out,” Duncan said. “They had a representative at the bid opening, and the problem was not mentioned.”
The second lowest bid was $127,411, submitted by Barks and Ferree Construction Co. of Central, $96,923 for the Jenkins Circle portion and $30,488 for the Keller Court portion of the project.
“Temple and Temple’s bid for the road excavating was well under the engineer’s estimate of about $140,000,” Duncan said.
“The bids opened Monday were for excavating and grading and did not include the stone and paving parts of construction. The county will provide the stone and the labor, and the paving will be bid,” Duncan said.
About $200,000 had been earmarked for the road construction project. “Because this bid was low we would have had more breathing room if any problems like a sink hole were to come up.” Duncan said.
“The reason the project was bid in two portions was because of the typography of the land where the YMCA building will be located. It is low and will possibly require a lot of filling, and that might present some unexpected problems or challenges in building the Keller Court portion of the road.”
In other business, two bids from Atlantic Striping to stripe roads, including Corydon Ridge Road, Breckenridge Road and Squire Boone Road, at a cost of $53,432 were approved. The cost of striping roads in District 2 is $29,072 and the cost for striping in District 3 is $24,359.
Another bid for shoulder stone along some newly repaved roads in District 2 was awarded to the Barks and Ferree at a cost of $41,716.
The commissioners also agreed to purchase a Lee Boy 3000 four-speed loader for the county highway department from Standard Equipment at a cost of $138,180.
A change order for $14,540 for remodeling work underway at the Blue River Services Habilitation facility located on Huff Street in Palmyra was approved by the commissioners.
Angie Kleer, with Michell Timperman Ritz Architects in New Albany, said the funds were needed to build a driveway around the building and for items that were discovered during remodeling of the building.
Harrison County Maternal and Child Healthcare Services for Women and Children (MCH) in Corydon received $17,613 from the commissioners to pay for contractual services, consumable supplies and operating expenses.
Sandy Puckett, MCH project director, said that MCH provides ultrasounds and lab work for pregnant low-income women, sexuallytransmitted disease testing, well-child care and education, and counseling services. She said in fiscal year 2003 Title V funding will remain the same as in 2002, while the cost of tests and lab work are rising and demand for services is increasing.
Bill Brockman, curator of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, gave the commissioners drawings of a proposed walkway to be constructed between the existing walkway on the south side of the courthouse and the first capital for handicapped visitors. The walkway would be parallel to North Capitol Avenue and slope toward the capital, dropping one-half inch every four feet.
Corydon attorney Maryland Austin Scharf, an Indian Creek Trail board member, asked the commissioners to approve $45,000 to extend the pedway, which runs alongside Little Indian Creek in Corydon. She said the Convention and Visitors Bureau has committed $45,000 in matching funds from money collected from the innkeepers tax.
Scharf said talks have been held about having the pedway under the administrative control of the parks department.
The commissioners said a similar proposal for a walkway was turned down in Milltown because of a freeze on spending for anything but county projects.

By coming under the parks department, Scharf said she hopes the pedway will be considered a county project.
The commissioners also discussed allocating $3.5 million from the Riverboat Contingency Fund to help reduce school debt in each of the three public school districts. Last year the commissioners and the counsel allotted the same amount for school debt reduction, with each school district receiving a portion based on population.

Commissioner James Goldman said the funds helped reduce the property tax rate for county residents by about $1 to $1.25 per $100 in assessed property values last year. He said no final decision had been made on allocating the funds this year.
A representative of Gohmann Asphalt and Construction of Clarksville reported work on Bridge 65, located on Circle Road in the Crandall area, is being completed and the final walkthrough will be Monday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. The commissioners were invited to attend. He said some trees still needed to be planted and some landscaping still has to be finished. A plaque with information about the historic bridge will be placed at the bridge.

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