Action anticipated Thursday
BENTON - Scott County commissioners will wait until their regular meeting on Thursday before accepting the sole bid to renovate the courthouse's heating and air conditioning systems.
Bids were opened during the Commission's regular meeting Tuesday. Commissioners said that at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, "we'll be prepared to award the bid unless something comes up."
Associated Sheet Metal of Jackson submitted the lone bid of $269,975 for the project.
Tom Ellison Plumbing & Heating, Dutch Enterprises, Flori Sales & Service and Presley Sales & Service all picked up bid packets as well but declined to submit a bid.
Associated Sheet Metal also put in the heating and air conditioning system at the new jail and recently completed a grinder project at the jail as well. "We were well-satisfied with them on the jail project," said Commissioner Jamie Burger.
Tom Strickland of Strickland Engineering in Jackson said there may be costs he overlooked in his estimate and recommended accepting the bid. "They have a large workforce and are a quality contractor," he said. "They do quality work."
Strickland said other contractors who picked up bid packets also do good work, but he figures some decided they will be too busy as the project will take place during the summer season. "Maybe they just felt like it was more than they could handle," he said.
A meeting should be scheduled with court officials to coordinate work in the courtroom, Strickland said, and a penalty of $250 per day will be assessed after the Sept. 30 completion date.
"This is really a schedule-driven project," said Boyd Sievers of Associated Sheet Metal.
Sievers said his company presently has 40 people on the payroll, but without this job he may have had to start laying people off. He said it is possible they could arrange to do loud work from 6-9 a.m.
Presiding Commissioner Martin Priggel said the county has been saving for this project. "It's been needed for a long time," he said.
In other Scott County business Tuesday:
* Don Hagan, GIS consultant for Midland GIS Solutions of Sunrise Beach, discussed applying for geographical information system funding for the county from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Serving 84 Missouri counties, the Missouri Foundation for Health is the state's largest not-for-profit health foundation. It was formed in 2000, the result of the 1994 conversion of the not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri into a for-profit company, RightCHOICE Managed Care Inc.
Not-for-profit entities are considered community trusts in Missouri, so Attorney General Jay Nixon sued on the grounds that assets accrued by Blue Cross Blue Shield during its time as a charitable organization should continue to benefit the public - not private individuals.
The case was settled with 80 percent of RightCHOICE stock going to the newly-created foundation followed by merger with Wellpoint Health Networks about a year later which eliminated some previous restrictions and allowed the foundation to diversify and increase the value of its portfolio 130 percent.
A GIS would be eligible for funds "as long as its justifiable for health care response," according to Hagan.
* Commissioners approved the application of a Juvenile Accountability and Incentive Block Grant by the County Juvenile Office.
The federal funding of $16,500.96 with a local match of $1,833.44 for a total of $18,334.40 is made available through the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
* Don Jones, county maintenance supervisor, discussed with commissioners additional pipes that must be removed from the courthouse that apparently are from a boiler system which predates the boiler system being removed now.
* Commissioner Walter Bizzell commented on an Eagle Scout road safety project by county resident Matt Dean.
Bizzell said several people have driven off the roadway at a bend on County Road 450 near Grant City, ending up in a ditch.
For his Eagle Scout project, Dean erected a barricade with reflectors to alter motorists to the turn.
"He had it all done, was proud of it," Bizzell said. "Now it's gone."