JUNE 16, 2015
Large number of materials awarded to multiple companies
LOUISA — Lawrence County Fiscal Court approved, appointed and awarded many items on the agenda for the Fiscal Court meeting, June 16, 2015. The magisterates were unanimously all-for each topic presented during the meeting.
The biggest topic on the agenda involved awarding bids on materials (gravel, blacktop, gas, etc…). Prices were discussed per each material listed and prices of each different type of rock, pipe and other materials. Five companies (Big Sandy Stone & Pipe, Big Sandy Resources, Mt. Materials Brushy, Mt. Materials Quarry and Hanson) fought for the bid of gravel.
County attorney Mike Hogan wanted information on gravel #57, which was on a spreadsheet he presented. Hogan wanted the bid for #57 seperate from the others.
“Are we really thinking about going this far for gravel pick-up,” said Hogan, when told about the Hanson company location, which is located in Carter County.
“We are mostly looking for the price of delivery,” said judge John Osborne.
#57 gravel was bid on by all five companies and awarded to Big Sandy Stone & Pipe. They offered a bid for $16.00 pick-up and $17.50 delivery charge per ton. Big Sandy Resources was the only other company that had an offer for both pick-up and delivery but the prices were a little higher than the Big Sandy Stone & Pipe company at $16.75 pick-up and $19.00 delivery charge per ton. John J. LeMaster motioned to award Big Sandy Stone & Pipe; Morris Howard seconds the motion.
Hogan discussed the price of the bids with the magistrates and Judge John Osborne to help them make a clear decision about what should be done. Some companies had different names listed for gravels, which made the magistrates, along with judge Osborne, confused about the decision they should make.
“We can’t sit here and compare apples to oranges,” Hogan said. “We have to decide on what we know is right if they decide to change the name to something we don’t know about.”
Bids for other sized gravel (2, 4, 8, 57, limestone and slags) were also bid and awarded.
Two companies also submitted bids for asphalt/blacktop. Different class types of blacktop had bids. American Asphalt had bids $62.00, $64.00 and $65.00 for pick-up. Mt. Enterprise charged a little steepr prices but also had a valid reason for the difference. Mt. Enterprise bids were $70.74, $73.49 and $77.99 for pick-up. Delivery for the asphalt is $11.50 per ton and $18.50 per ton to deliver and patch damaged blacktop. The two companies both were awarded. American Asphalt awarded for pick-up; motioned first by Rick Blackburn and second by John J. LeMaster. Mt. Enterprise awarded for bigger jobs and delivery patching (something not offered by American Asphalt); motioned first by LeMaster and second by Blackburn.
Two different companies sent in bids for pipe. There were many different class types and sizes of pipes that were discussed before awarding a company. Drains Unlimited, Inc. and Kentucky Underground, Inc. sent in bids that were voted upon. Both companies sent in bids for several different variations of pipes and drains. The magistrates and the judge all compared the prices between the two companies and realized that Kentucky Underground, Inc. has lower prices in all catergories. The bid was awarded to Kentucky Underground; motioned first by Rick Blackburn and second by John J. LeMaster.
When discussing the deed from county to Banner Castle, Osborne said he wouldn’t mind Hogan having the land but heard it was surplus property. Hogan informed Osborne what was going on and what information he had in his discussions with Castle. The land ceased to become a church or fire department, so the county is giving back the property to Castle. Judge Osborne is going to contact Cherryville Fire Department, located nearby, to see if they use it at any time or invision themselves using the property in the future.
There were also bids for steel jobs but Osborne wants to re-bid the four properties included due to FEMA spec changes. The court agreed.
State Representative Jill York briefly spoke about possible litigation concerning counties and the State Road dept.. She mentioned there is a seven-million dollar pot set aside for roadways from the Department of Local Government that will help fix damaged roads. The money is specifically set aside to protect counties and assist them on issues such as floods, winter storms, etc. The officials were unaware of the program, as was Mike Hogan. York told them that it is a one-time offer oppurtunity and is an application process.
Lawrence Co. Economic development director Catrina Vargo spoke about the work she has been doing and gave an ecomonic development update involving Lawrence County and Louisa. She mentioned the work they were doing to the eyecare center building behind the Louisa Sherrif’s Department and how the mural will be a major focal point of the new River Walk project.
Vargo gave an update which included recent grant awards; one from AEP for $90,300 which will go for renovations and marketing of the old carpet mill building and one from Appalachian Regional Commission for $10,000 that will fund the outdoor mural downtown.
Also, the county received the ‘Work Ready Community in progress’ certification which shows companies there is a quality workforce here. Representatives from Sullivan University recently visited the annex and are discussing possibilities of an extended campus in the facility.
The court also:
Approved minutes of the May 18, 2015
Approved 2nd Reading of FY15/16 Budget
Approved Treasurer’s Request
Approved Treasurer’s Report
Appointed Treasurer Sabrina Cantrell – term 4 more years
Appointed Jessee Wellman as a member to the Lawrence County Library Board of Trustees replacing Evie Burchett
Authorized Clerk to advertise surplus property
Approved 4th of July Donation – $1,000
Economic Development Update – Catrina Vargo
Executive Session to discuss possible litigation