As part of the fiscal court’s responsibility, advertising for bids on projects over $20,000 is a must. There are times, however, in emergency situations, where magistrates can expedite the process. However, for the most part it there is a project needing to be completed, the court will seek out companies through advertising the the local newspaper who will then submit sealed bids for opening and consideration.
The court does not necessarily have to select the lowest bid. They investigate those that are submitted and select the best for the job.
Three projects bids were discussed Tuesday at the bi-monthly meeting of the Logan County Fiscal Court. The first involved the Logan County Archives building, that houses the Logan County Archives and Genealogical Society. This is one of the oldest structured in Logan County. The archives is the home of some of the county’s oldest documents and is operated by part-time employees and a handful of volunteers. The building- which once served as the county jail- was erected in 1869. The bars from the old jail are still visible from the outside of the structure and the cells are all intact. The building is listed on the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Many problems plague the structure from deteriorating mortar to electrical issues. Architect Robert Burge, who was in charge of the historic courthouse renovation project, was hired by the fiscal court to look into the problems and come back with solutions.
Three bids came in on this project, two from local companies C&C Construction and Carter Douglas. The third came in from Dixie Restoration out of Greensburg. Magistrates decided to allow the architect to review all three bids and come back to the court with a recommendation. The highest bid came in at $120,000.
The second project is the retaining wall around the historic Logan County Courthouse. This very old wall- some of it built during the original construction of the courthouse- is crumbling in many places. The court accepted a bid Tuesday from C&C Construction for $115,500. This bid includes putting the iron fencing back on the top of the wall.
Judge Executive Logan Chick said the retaining wall, as well as the archives restoration came in a little higher than her had anticipated.
Magistrates also opened two bids for an ambulance remount. The court voted to accept a bid from South Eastern Emergency Equipment for $98,655 to remount one of the county’s current ambulances. Due to new state mandates requiring specific protocol on mounting systems, the county is better off purchasing a used Braun box that Com-Care, Inc. has located, and mounting it on a new chassis. A brand new ambulance costs approximately $240,000.
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