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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 19, 2018

Cobb Oil gains county fuel contract

Jul 19, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Cobb Oil Co. of Brighton has supplanted Agriland FS of Washington as the county gasohol and diesel gas provider beginning Aug. 1.

The contract is for one year but may be extended for a year, providing Cobb agrees to the same margins (difference between cost and sale to the county) for the next calendar year. If Cobb refuses, the contract will be re-bid.

Bids were opened at the July 11 supervisors meeting and prices were highly competitive. Cobb bid a margin of $0.0197 on gasohol and $0.0337 on both diesel #1 and #2. The winter additive was $0.019 per gallon.

Meanwhile, Agriland submitted margins of $0.0199 for gasohol; $0.0474 for both diesel grades and two cents per gallon for the winter additive.

Henry County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss took the bids and turned them into dollars and cents, based on the county’s annual usage of the fuel. The county uses approximately 69,000 gallons of gasohol yearly, which equals a $96,317.10 bid from Cobb and a $96,330.93 asking from Agriland.

Approximately 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel are consumed. That makes Cobb’s bid $205,428.69 and Agriland’s $207,319.20, according to Hotchkiss’ figures.

In his weekly report to the supervisors, Hotchkiss said county workers spent a lot of time last week patching pavement. “We were kind of in an everyday mode,” he began. “A lot depended on when we got concrete. It wasn’t as a good of a system as I would have liked because we worked around the (Mt. Pleasant) concrete plan’s schedule.”

Construction on the county’s two major projects — Winfield Avenue and the Oakland Mills bridge repair — are going well, he said.

“The contractor is working on subdrain and placing a modified sub-base (on Winfield Avenue) and the paving crew should be moving in later this week to get ready to pour,” the engineer said.

All businesses along the street remain open, Hotchkiss stressed. Access to Detrick’s Truck & Trailer Service, Liquid-Grow and mini-storage is from Grand Avenue. Sandeen’s Pioneer Seeds and East End Automotive may be reached from Iris Street.

Regarding the Oakland Mills bridge project, Dormark Construction Co., the project’s general contractor, has completed the abutment removals and the painting sub-contractor is painting the beams around the abutments.

Last week’s work by the secondary-roads crew in addition to pavement patching included trimming around guardrails; hauling resurfacing rock to Marion and Canaan townships; and spraying weeks.

A final agenda item had the board approving the subdivision plans of one lot in the Parks Subdivision, located on Hickory Avenue, north of the Mt. Pleasant Country Club.

Supervisors meet again Thursday, July 20, at 9 a.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.

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