Thursday, December 23, 2010
Holly Springs officials open equipment, supply bids
By SUE WATSON
With the new 2010-2011 fiscal year underway, departments in the city are opening bids that will provide some new equipment or repairs, and material and supply bids.
While material and supply bids were lengthy and from a multitude of vendors, equipment and construction bids were easier to cipher.
Holly Springs Utility Department read bids for a new chain-link fence for the utility as follows – John L. Woods Construction, $68,109; J.M. Duncan, Falkner. $48,889; Fencing Solutions and Construction, Byhalia, $44,114.44; EBE Fence Company, New Orleans, La., $59,000; Columbus Fence Company, Columbus, $44,215; Westenn Fence Company, Humbolt, Tenn., $42,498.
The board voted to take the bids under advisement until the Dec. 21 meeting.
Two bids were opened on a bucket truck for HSUD – T-Rex, Birmingham, Ala., $152,651 and Aerial Truck Equipment Company, Olive Branch, $148,551. Bids were taken under advisement.
Dale Sexton was the sole bidder of fixing flat tires in the field. G&J Cleaning Service of Waterford bid $1,000 per month to do housecleaning at HSUD. After a vigorous discussion between Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and HSUD general manager Don Hollingsworth, the bid was tabled. DeBerry argued there was no need to bid the services if the current housecleaning service was doing a good job. Hollingsworth said employees had some complaints about the present provider and he was interested in getting the job done cheaper. HSUD is currently paying another provider to clean its buildings at $1,800 a month. That provider rebid $1,026 per month.
In other bid matters, the board:
• approved two bids on surplus propane heaters and then motioned to sell the remaining heaters to anyone who wants to buy one. There are about 100 surplus propane heaters creating a storage problem at HSUD, Hollingsworth said.
• passed an amendment to the General Service Policy Manual at HSUD to state that the utility will not disconnect service to a customer for any reason, including nonpayment, on a Friday or day before a holiday.
• authorized HSUD to post and to advertise a vacant foreman’s position.
• approved purchase of lift station pumps to replace burned-out pumps in the Highway 4 East area.
• approved bidding for a tension wire-puller and reel for HSUD - new or used - and a trenchless trencher.
• learned the Highway 7 South light project at the new intersection near KFC cannot be moved forward until a new transportation commissioner is elected. The three commissioners for Mississippi Department of Transportation all have to vote on a final environmental impact assessment before the installation of a light can begin, Hollingworth said.
• approved a motion to accept city supply bids.
• opened bids on the repair of the sweeper truck. Sampson Equipment Company bid $15,304.61 and Scruggs Equipment Company bid $22,729.79.
• received an end-of-the-year progress report from information technology director Ken Robinson.
• learned that Waste Connections has proposed a monthly rate increase to residential customers of 17 cents so the company’s basic charge for service will go up from $10.68 to $10.85 per unit. Residential customers currently pay $13 a month which includes the city’s profit margin.
DeBerry asked if the city would need to increase its margin to help pay for billing or other costs. The increase took place effective Dec. 1, 2010, but will not show up on the customer’s bill until mid-January 2011.
The mayor said the delay in billing for the increase until January will give the city time to see if there are hidden costs for the service.
“We are not in business to make money. We are not a corporation,” he said.
The board approved the rate increase.
• heard a discussion of dental insurance coverage to be offered to city employees.
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