Thursday, August 2, 2012
City opens bids
By SUE WATSON
The City of Holly Springs opened bids for property insurance and group health insurance during the July 17 meeting.
Only one bidder submitted quotes on each product. The health insurance package also included a bid for a bridge plan that helps reduce the deductible and ultimately decrease the overall cost of health insurance coverage and supplemental coverage for employees. The plans were for Holly Springs Utility Department employees and their families.
Greer and White provided a renewal quote of about $43,000 annual premium on the property insurance covering about $11 million in property. The board of aldermen approved the renewal of that policy. The renewal date was imminent.
Group health was bid on by Craft and Wynne with a supplemental bridge plan offered by Nick Floyd & Associates. Both providers quoted several plan options and the board voted to take the bids under advisement. The renewal is due in early September.
In other business, Rick Wishcamper, who restored and remodeled the MI College Apartments (now Spring Garden Apartments), sought to clear up some misbilling for water that has taken place over a period of about 23 months. He discussed how to remedy the situation and to get an account opened for the project and credit for over-payment by a factor of 10.
HSUD general manager Don Hollingsworth said the utility had billed MI College Homes Church since Wishcamper did not have an account opened. The board of aldermen agreed to work with Wishcamper to get an account opened, credit the company for overpayment of about $30,000 and get the problem solved by mutual agreement.
Wishcamper explained he had not opened an account because he was waiting for a comprehensive solution to the problem, including a $7,000 deposit he said he was told would be waived.
The board voted unanimously to allow Wishcamper and HSUD to do the math and settle the matter. The complex is at full capacity with a long waiting list of individuals wanting to move to the apartments.
Several equipment requests were approved by the city board. HSUD will look at a used Ford 8000 dual axle truck at $15,500 with permission to buy at the discretion of employees who will go look at the truck in Jonesboro, Ark.
The Holly Springs Fire Department will take a look at a used ladder truck and rescue pumper at a price of $140,000. Chief Ken Holbrook said the equipment would cost $600,000, if new. The vehicle is tested and certified with only 22,000 miles. It will help firefighters to get to difficult spots safely and also help with pumper requirements if the city applies for a Level 5 fire rating, he said.
Public works director Micheal Crittle said the splash pad should be open by Labor Day Weekend. Two railroad bridge overpasses – one on West Street and another at Rising Star Road – appear to be safe and in no danger of dropping concrete onto traffic, he said. The bridges are inspected three times a year and have been found to have no structural problems, Crittle said. The railroad, however, will do some cosmetic work and the bridges are being monitored, he said.
The public hearing for the city Comprehensive Plan is August 7 at 5:30 p.m. Aldermen were provided a nearly complete draft to study prior to the adoption of the plan, anticipated at the next board meeting.
The board also approved a resolution and bylaws for a Mayor’s Youth Council.
Interviews of police chief applicants are scheduled for the first of August.
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