By Mollie LaSalle
COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council met last Tuesday and welcomed Susan Stover and Troy Whitehead, who spoke to council on the whys and wherefores of the bid(s) received for the North Pitser Street project.
Mayor Don Baird and council members were given specifics on the bid in question, which was submitted by Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches. Stover began by stating that the bid was re-worked, as it was too high; as originally written, the city would have to pay $11K out of pocket for the addition of the culvert and bridge repairs. Baird stated that, “I’ve been with the city over 20 years, and to my knowledge, no culverts have ever had to be repaired.”
Director of Utilities Keith Barnes agreed with the mayor, adding that he goes out every couple of years checking on culverts around the city that need maintenance, making sure they are sound. To that end, the contract was re-worked to exclude the culvert and bridge repairs, making the city responsible for only $2,900 out of pocket.
Council member Kenneth Davis said, “I don’t like this contract as written; I think it is overdone,” and added that he had missed the last council meeting and was not up to snuff on the specifics of the proposals. Davis and Whitehead exchanged comments back and forth, and in the end, Davis came around as Whitehead explained several key points that Davis had issues with.
After a lengthy discussion among council and mayor Baird, the city opted to accept the contract’s Option “B”, which is a Base Bid and Additive #1, no culvert work and no bridge repair. The city will pay the $2900.00 -dollar difference out of pocket, and Drewery Construction will be the contractors for the project. Work has not been scheduled to start on the project as of press time.
Minutes form the previous meeting, and all reports, including office, financial and investment, and water and sewer where approved in short order. Azalia Deckard has been hired as the new assistant city secretary; she began working in the front office in April.
With no further business to discuss, council adjourned for the evening. The next scheduled meeting will be held July 9 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.