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County preparing to bid jail project

Mar 30, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


As Henry County prepares to accept bids for construction of the Henry County Jail, Supervisors approved an engagement agreement for 2018 between Henry County Board of Supervisors and Ahlers & Cooney attorneys.

The agreement ensures that the county is provided correct wording when it comes to bidding notices, awarding bids and contracts so the county doesn’t “stub our toes,” as Supervisor Marc Lindeen put it.

Bids will be received on April 17 by 3:30 p.m. They will be opened on April 24, at 10 a.m. at the Henry County Courthouse.

Ahlers & Cooney are charging the county a flat fee of $1,800 per project for services under this agreement. Any additional charges incurred in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as a rejection of all bids and the need to rebid will be discussed before the additional charges being made.

The county also will be charged no more than $100 for expenses such as photocopying and deliveries done by Ahlers & Cooney. Although the law firm does not foresee this to cost more than $100, they will contact the county before incurring expenses that exceed that amount.

The law firm will represent Henry County in all contract proceedings and review the documents regarding this project. They will advise the county, staff and board throughout the bidding and letting process and prepare notices of meetings and partial agendas.

County Auditor Shelly Barber said that although Ahlers & Cooney are already contracted with this project, there are two parts: the financial aspect and construction portion. This second agreement takes care of the construction side of things such as resolutions to set dates for bidding.

In other news, the county approved the agreement with the city of Mt. Pleasant for the 10-foot-wide sidewalk that will run along the north and across S. Grand.

After some back and forth between the city and the county, the city approved the plans earlier this month. The sidewalk will not be constructed now, but plans will move forward as the city brings the sidewalk up to the jail property.

The city and county will each pay for the construction of five feet of trail. Henry County also will provide an easement.

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