Sewer system inspection equipment bid awarded to J&H

By | May 13, 2019 7:08 am

By Ron Moses

Public Works director Dillard Quick told the Sparta Mayor and Board of Aldermen last week that J & H Construction was the low bidder to provide equipment that will be used to inspect the City of Sparta’s sewer system.

“This is the camera work so we can see what is wrong with our sewer system so they can design the system,” said Quick, during the May 2, 2019, board meeting. This needs to be approved so it can be continued.”

There were eight bidders during the process, including: Bobby Lutrell and Sons, Gulf Coast Underground, Portland Utilities, Sani Tech Jet Van Services, TPM Group, Tradebe Environmental and Vortex services.

J&H won with a $25,275 bid, $14,000 less than the nearest competitor. J&H is out of Cookeville. The close proximity allowed them to keep their bid low, according to Quick.

“Some of these guys were coming from far away, so that adds to their expense,” said Quick. “The one who got it is in Cookeville. They sent it [the camera] over here and let us camera some lines just to see, and, when it went out to bid, they got the price.”

The board unanimously approved the expense.

In other news, Sparta may soon be receiving a $75,000 tourism enhancement grant following the board’s approval to apply for the Upper Cumberland Development District grant. Also approved was an ordinance making and fixing the annual appropriations of the several departments for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2020, and an ordinance providing for the general revenue of that same fiscal year.

A sales and use tax increase was approved that would be decided by public referendum (see story in the Thursday, May 6, edition of The Expositor), while a resolution to transfer a tract from Upper Cumberland Regional Airport to Tennessee Department of Transportation was also given the go-ahead by the board. The board then heard from department heads before authorizing bids for the annual asphalt hot/cold mixes, various rocks/stones for in-house projects, annual chemical bids, and 2-inch compound meters for public works.

The board also authorized bids for a “new or used and like new” dump bed for a public works truck and four first-floor windows for the city hall building and various streets totaling $158,900. Another authorized purchase was a 2019 Ram 4500 regular cab chassis 4×4 for the electric department. The truck cost $57,038 and is under state contract from TT of Columbia Inc.

Switching hats to the beer board, the mayor and aldermen approved six applications from Calfkiller Brewing Company for Sparta Green Market.

The meeting adjourned. All board members were present.

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