Finance leaders approve LIC bill
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Apr 24, 2014 | 526 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The final bill for construction of the Local Interstate Connector-South was presented and approved by the county finance committee during its Wednesday session.

Melinda Carroll, Cleveland assistant city manager, reported to the committee the county’s final cost on the project will be $43,797.

“The road has been completed and approved by TDOT and TDEC,” Carroll reported.

She said there had been two change orders which totaled $253,000, of which the county would accept the responsibility of 25 percent of the cost.

The city also pays 25 percent of the project while the state covers 50 percent.

The overage amount included $53,000 for road drainage and undercutting due to an error in the survey used to determine the amount of dirt to be moved; $42,000 for a TDOT-required additional shoulder stone along both sides of the roadway; $5,000 for TDEC-required sod placement along both sides of the roadway; $4,000 for TDEC-required filling in of a sediment pond requiring additional seeding; and $4,186 for extra guardrail work.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis noted the county has already spent $1,020,000 on the South connector project. The additions would bring that amount to $1,063,797.

“It was estimated to be a million (each for North and South), but we knew that was ballpark,” Davis said.

Committee Chairman Ed Elkins asked Carroll if there was any documentation from the state that “we’re reducing the North’s total cost to offset what we’ve increased the South over the original estimate.”

Carroll said contact has been made to verify the procedure the state wants used in making that happen.

Elkins said he wanted a motion to grant the amendment “contingent upon the state approving the shifting of the fund out of the North project to the South project so the total does not exceed the $2 million.”

Commissioner J. Adam Lowe made the motion which was seconded by Commissioner Jeff Morelock and passed without objection.

The committee will also forward a request to the full Commission from the county’s Emergency Management Agency to sell two used SUVs and use the funds to help buy a new pickup truck.

Troy Spence, director of the Bradley County EMA, said the two vehicles to be sold were no longer economically serviceable and the agency would save money on insurance by having only the one truck.

Spence said the department has already spent $12,000 in maintenance on “an aging fleet.”

Spence said the truck would be bought using the state contract process with a cost of $32,419. Any excess from the sales of the old SUVs would be placed back into the maintenance line item.

Davis said EMA and fire had been “strongly urged to reduce fleet.”

“Insurance is just getting out of hand,” Davis said. “I’m not saying they have too many vehicles, but we do ask if they can do with fewer vehicles. So, they’re trying to reduce the fleet. That will save us money in the long term and do it in a way that we’ll still be OK.”

He said in a stroke of luck, or bad luck, the department had planned on performing a $30,000 maintenance job on a communication tower.

The tower was struck by lightning before the project began, causing insurance to kick in and negating the need for those immediate funds.