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Washington County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting last Monday, which was the lone session of the month for county officials.
Repairs and replacement of windows in the Pinkston building have been put on hold after the court rejected a second bid for the project last week.
After previously turning down an offer from Graves Construction, county officials rejected Osborne Construction’s $9,820 bid with an additional $30 per hour for labor. Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles cited the county’s predetermined $6,000 budget for the project when discussing the rejected bids and recommended tabling the bid process until a later date.
The court moved a step closer to the completion of renovations at the 1816 Courthouse last week by approving Richard Jones Pro Sound and Lights to install a sound system in the courtroom. Jones’ bid of $4,698.40 beat out a bid of $7,864 by Jefferson Audio Video Systems. Installation of the sound system is the final piece in a series of renovations that the courthouse has undergone in recent months.
Washington County solid waste/recycling will be doing some extra cleanup in preparation for the holiday season, as $1,651.44 left over from a previous grant will be used to clean roughly 41 miles of highway within the county. Which roads will see attention has yet to be determined, but Solid Waste Coordinator George Ann Palmer informed the magistrates that the department is taking suggestions.
Through working with Anderson County Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, Washington County and Anderson County have agreed to contribute $35,440 each toward the resurfacing of Lick Skillet Road, which serves partially as the border between the two counties.
“It is by far the worst road that the Washington County Road Department, the Washington County school system or Washington County residents have to travel,” Settles said.
The court moved forward in the process to repair the Valley Hill Road bridge, as well. The county received a $3,750 engineering estimate and agreed to put construction up for bid as soon as all permits are in order.
County officials, at the recommendation of Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann, approved the purchase of a 2003 Caterpillar hi-lift with 7,341 hours for $52,918 after trade-in.
Road Department Chief Mechanic Buddy Ray was recently injured and will be forced to miss an extended period of time on the job, and the court addressed a temporary replacement last week. Tommy Warner was approved to take over the position until Ray is cleared to return to work and received a two-dollar pay bump on Nov. 19 for the temporary promotion.
Absent was magistrate Greg Simms. The next regular scheduled meeting is Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.