Scott County Commissioners finally got a road paving bid that they can afford on Monday morning, October 17.
With just two bidders present, Commissioners and Auditor Tammy Johnson opened what they got. Wingham Paving of Charlestown was the winning bidder at $1,999,000 for paving 34.1483 miles of roads.
The only other bidder was Dave O'Mara of North Vernon. As the firm had in September, the bid went over the $2 million mark set by Commissioners for the paving project. O'Mara's bid was $2,257,000.
Two earlier bidders, Temple and Temple and E&B Paving, elected not to bid at this second bid opening.
A look to ensure all documents required were present allowed Commissioners Robert Tobias, Larry Blevins and Kelley Robbins to award the bid that morning to Wingham.
With that, County Highway Superintendent Jill Baker reminded the representative of the winning company that paving needed to begin as soon as possible on Concord and Goodwin Roads, which are both in Lexington Township. A total of 2.2263 miles on Concord was being paved on October 19, Commissioners were informed when they held their second business meeting of the month. Goodwin Road has 2.002 miles targeted for paving.
Both roads must be paved by Monday, October 24, according to the specifications included in the paving contract.
Next, Wingham crews must pave 2.3009 miles on Kinderhook Road by October 31. November 7 is the targeted date for paving to be finished on 3.1294 miles of Charlestown Road.
Two more roads have target dates as well. Harrod Road and Terry Road must be completed by November 14. A total of 2.2511 miles of paving are planned for Harrod Rd. Nearly three miles, 2.9584 to be exact, must be paved on Terry Rd.
All other roads will be paved as weather permits and as she schedules them, advised Baker. Those roads include Bloomington Trail, Finley Firehouse, Taylor, Little York, West Lake, Swan, Smith, Pleasant Ridge, Frontage, Marshfield, Slab, Napper, Sunnyside and Oard Springs.
When bids were opened by Austin city engineer Dave Eberenz on Wednesday morning, October 19, several companies were represented. Four offered bids for all roads on the Austin list, and Dave O”Mara was the apparent low bidder at $324,124.52.
But, with only $300,000 to spend, Mayor Dillo Bush quickly took all bids under advisement and set a special meeting of the Austin Board of Works and Public Safety for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
In the meantime, Eberenz will go over all documents submitted by O'Mara, All-Star Paving of Seymour, MAC Construction of New Albany and Temple and Temple of Salem. Then, he will sit down and consider how to whittle some of the costs down so that the whole project is not jeopardized.
Currently, streets earmarked for paving are South First, Church, Mann Avenue, Rural, Broadway, Cross and York Road.
All-Star Paving was second lowest, submitting a price of $332,442. Temple and Temple had a bid of $340,913.50, and MAC Construction's bid was the highest at $341,946.
An alternate package was also provided for companies to consider. Those on that list include Thomastown Road, Mac Drive, Hollan Drive, Union Street, South Third and South Fourth Streets, Cherry Street and Plum Street.
Bids were led by MAC Construction's price of $78,208. Temple and Temple had a price of $73,603. All-Star Paving's bid was $64,614. Dave O'Mara was again low at $62,998.65.
“We are hopeful that we can let a contract quickly. We need to get this paving under way,” advised Mayor Bush. The Board of Works will meet at Austin City Hall.
Scottsburg's paving bids will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, at Scottsburg City Hall.