Thursday, July 16, 2009
Bypass bids opened
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors is looking into developing a set of new policies to deal with erosion control, particularly silt, in new developments, especially new residential subdivisions.
The problem arises when numerous lots are cleared of vegetation when laying out a subdivision then heavy rains come and carry off the topsoil into the ditches where the particles silt out.
Silt fencing is one method of holding back erosion, seeding with grass is another and sodding is another.
The board of supervisors wants to make it clear the county is not liable for damage of flooding that is caused to structures in subdivisions because of fast runoff over soil that has been scraped clear of all vegetation and cleared of trees.
Vegetation tends to break the speed of water shedding off land and thereby carries less particulate matter with it.
Zoning director Conway Moore said planting seed is not always the solution especially when the weather is hot and dry and the seed will not germinate.
Bennett said supervisors do not want to accept a subdivision road when the drainage ditches fill back up and the county has to clean the ditches out to keep water from standing in yards.
In other business Monday, bids were opened on the long-awaited paving of the Holly Springs Highway 4 bypass road. Six companies bid on the project that will pave 2.034 miles of road surface and gravel the shoulders. State engineer estimates for the work came to $2,436,646.23.
Low bidder was Standard Construction Company Inc. of Memphis at $1,559,092.81.
Other bids were Bain & Sons, $1,570,368.48; Lehman Roberts, $1,638,102.26; Union Construction Company, $1,739,751.11; W.G. Construction Inc., $1,757,599.91; and Colom Construction Inc., $2,412,604.26.
All bids fell below the state engineer’s estimate.
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