Thursday, September 27, 2007
City takes steps for utility extension
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen held a public hearing last week, followed by a motion to authorize the issuance of $1.6 million in revenue bonds to extend natural gas service to about 1,000 potential customers west of the city.
New gas service lines will be run from the service station at J.M. Ash Drive, through the Holly Springs Commons, and along Hernando Road to Lee’s Crossing. The lines will be laid from there up Red Banks Road to the intersection at Highway 178 and then loop back to Holly Springs on 178, according to Don Hollingsworth, director of public works.
HSUD general director John Collins requested and the board approved advertising for heavy equipment contracts with the electric department. Several contracts could be approved and the jobs rotated around the call list of approved operators, he said.
By putting out bids for these services HSUD will save dollars on jobs that are more costly when emergency orders are authorized, Collins said.
He said HSUD would specify minimum requirements including workman’s compensation and bonding in its advertisements for bids.
The measure was encouraged by alderman Russell Johnson, who said the city could save money by letting contracts for heavy equipment work instead of paying more for emergency order work.
Collins said the department would prefer these type contractual agreements in lieu of purchasing heavy equipment and hiring operators for work that is seldom needed.
Aldermen approved a bid from Jenkins Relay & Control to build a control house relay at the Coldwater Substation in Mt. Pleasant. Jenkins was low bidder at $113,657, coming in at under $40,000 or more from four other bidders.
The board, at Collins’ request, authorized Mayor Andre’ DeBerry to look for a rigging company to haul a heavy transformer from Philadelphia to Holly Springs. The price to haul the transformer rose from $34,500 to $64,750 from one company after it was found that a larger low-boy would be needed to transport the equipment.
The board also authorized a military tag exemption of up to $50 for military workers deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. One tag exemption is approved for each service man or woman, made available through a bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour.
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