Thursday, June 1, 2006
Road bids reflect price hikes
By SUE WATSON
The overlay bids for a 640-foot bridge construction project on North Red Banks Road came in several hundred thousand dollars over State Aid Program estimates, a reflection of the increasing costs of concrete, asphalt and other building materials, according to county engineer Larry Britt.
“Prices are jumping out the roof,” he said.
State engineers estimated the cost of the Coldwater Bridge to run around $930,146, he said. The lowest bidder, W.L. Sharpe Construction in Collierville, was $1,272,727, at bid openings. Other bids included $1,303,196 from Talbot Brothers Construction in Nesbit; $1,362,799 from Prairie Construction in Tupelo; $1,366,382 from Harper Construction in Paducah, Ky.; and $1,552,589 from Union Construction at Etta.
Bid were taken under advisement by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors while staffers with the State Aid Program study the bids and make recommendations.
The project covers overlay on a segment of Cayce Road stretching from Deer Creek Road southward to Highway 178.
The board approved a permit to relocate sewer mains and water lines at the Highway 178 tie-in of the Highway 4 Bypass intersection under construction at the West Holly Springs exit. The county issues the permit, but the service lines belong to Holly Springs Utility Department.
Subdivision regulation amendments are expected to be discussed at the June 5 board meeting, Britt said.
On a recommendation from Industrial Development Authority director Bill Renick, the board approved a motion by Supervisor Keith Taylor to lift a moratorium on mining of gravel on a 100-acre site under a special exception. The property is being site planned for gravel removal to help build I-269, not to go to the construction phase in Marshall County until 2008, he said.
“With business that’s going to take place, that’s something we’ll have to do,” Renick said.
The prospective hauler will have to meet conditional uses to be stipulated by the zoning board.
Emergency Management director Hugh Hollowell presented the details of up to $100 exemption on a vehicle tag volunteer firefighters may be eligible for under a recent bill signed by Governor Haley Barbour.
To be eligible for the exemption which goes into effect July 1, a firefighter must have served three years continuously and be in good standing continuously for three years without a break in service, according to tax collector Betty Byrd.
A motion by Taylor and seconded by supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett passed unanimously. Hollowell estimated there are approximately 150 firefighters countywide who may be eligible for the exemption.
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