City to restart bidding for MJC repaving

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By Jesef Williams

City officials are restarting the bidding process for repaving at the Municipal Justice Center.

Last month, city staff sought bids from five area contractors to repave the MJC’s rear entrance on Chesterfield Avenue. City Council allocated $20,000 form its budget to pay for the work.

Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director, said two of the three bids received were immediately disqualified because they didn’t meet requirements. Thomas Concrete failed to list a total project price and LCI didn’t include its price.

The remaining bid from Elite Concrete appeared to be valid at first. However, city staff realized that one of its owners didn’t have a contractor’s license and the other owner only had a residential builder’s license, Meeks said.

That latter license doesn’t allow for concrete or asphalt work.

In May, City Council decided to approve a request for $20,000 to be used for the repaving. Early estimates had pegged the project cost just under $20,900.

The $20,000 had been previously allocated in the 2012-13 budget for gravel and tree-cutting work at the MJC. That money was never spent, though, as city public works employees did the work.

On July 9, City Council voted unanimously to allow city staff to add the $20,000 allocation to the 2013-14 budget and rebid the project.

Sewer line at NAS Center

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council voted unanimously to allocate $9,455 for the rehabilitation of a sewer line at the Native American Studies Center on South Main Street.

City Public Works Director Jerry Crockett recommended rehabilitation instead of replacement, as the second option would involve tearing up the parking lot and sidewalk.

Officials hope the work will be finished this month.

“Until the work is done, the city is flushing the line weekly to keep the sewer line working,” City Administrator Helen Sowell said.

Closed session

Council later met in closed session July 9 to discuss what was listed on the meeting agenda as a personnel matter. No action was taken after council returned to open session.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152