Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Roads, finances and propane were topics of discussion and action during the most recent meeting of the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners.
In June, the commissioners authorized spending more than $600,000 to patch and repair roads so the county would not forfeit a nearly $1.4 million state-funded repaving project.
County Attorney Chad Young told commissioners that due to a tight deadline in which to complete repairs, the county did not have the time necessary to put the patching job out for bid.
The situation was resolved to both the county’s and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s satisfaction by essentially extending the contract with Talley Construction for paving to include making necessary repairs, he said.
Young said Talley’s bid was not only “competitive” but will also assure “continuity” of work done on the project.
Other road repair projects involved hiring Baker Contracting, a company based in Rock Spring, to complete repairs to a bridge, damaged by flooding in 2009, where Mt. Vernon Road crosses Sugar Creek.
The repairs must be finished by Sept. 24 if the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to pay the $48,780 bill for the bridgework.
In another disaster-related project, a contract to complete the final stages of clearing creeks of debris left after last year’s tornado was awarded to Southern Services, a Ringgold-based company that specializes in right-of-way clearing.
The $35,340 contract will be 75-percent paid by the USDA with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency paying 10 percent and the county 15 percent.
“It is nice to have a local contractor that meets our bid requirement,” Commission Chairman Keith Greene said. “It is good to put local contractors to work.”
Tax collections continue upward trend
The financial report for June shows the county continues bringing in more revenue than is being spent.
Finance Director Carl Henson reported that the county has just passed the three-quarter point in its fiscal year, which runs from October-September.
During this period, 74.4 percent of projected revenue has been collected, a shortfall of $130,00. At the same time, slightly more than 72 percent of budgeted expenditures have been made.
The result is that the county has a budget surplus of $154,174 for the first nine months of the fiscal year. The surplus is $101,817 greater than for the same period last year when the county ledgers were also in the black.
Henson summed up his report saying, “Expenditures are flat, revenue is up.”
Hot Mama’s: cool name, great pricing
In a move that brought smiles to the commissioners’ faces, a company from LaFayette was awarded the contract to provide propane gas to the county’s fire and road departments.
Hot Mama’s, a subsidiary of United Propane of Paducah, Ky., offered the lowest bid to guarantee delivery of 26,700 gallons of propane at a cost of $1.189 per gallon, a price 50 cents per gallon less than last year.
Hot Mama’s was awarded last year’s contract with a bid $13,000 higher than the one approved for the current year, Henson said.