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Supervisors question city’s mandate to add sidewalk ‘in the middle of nowhere’ to jail project

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News | Mar 14, 2018

Questions arose during the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday surrounding whether or not they have to include a city-mandated sidewalk in the construction bid of the jail project.

Submitting a revised plan to supervisors that includes stipulations from the City of Mt. Pleasant, Construction Manager John Hansen said that originally, he was under the impression the city would cover half the cost of the sidewalk.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission was expected to review the county’s plans for the jail Tuesday night. It also will be discussed tonight during the Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 14.

The sidewalk would start and end at the county jail property line, which led Hansen to pose the question, “Why are we putting (a sidewalk) in the middle of nowhere going to nowhere?”

Henry County Supervisor Moeller questioned whether the trail could be put in at a later date after the construction of the jail.

Supervisors, Hansen and Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee agreed the sidewalk should be left out of the bidding for the time being and could later be included as an “alternate” to the project.

Hansen anticipates blueprints will be ready for contractors to begin making plans to bid by March 19. He will hold a pre-bid meeting for contractors to come in and ask general questions on April 4, at 11 a.m. at the Emergency Management Building at 900 W. Washington St. Supervisors are not required to be in attendance for that meeting.

Bids are due on April 17, at 3:30 p.m. Hansen will read the bids out loud that day at 3:35 p.m. in a public meeting, although no bids will be awarded at that time.

After reviewing the bids, supervisors will consider awarding bids on April 24, at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting.

Although the project is running three weeks behind schedule, Hansen said he does not anticipate that causing any problems regarding contractor interest.

“We’ve had great response. Everyone is very interested in the project,” Hansen said, adding that his office is personally calling local contractors to make them aware of it.

In other news, Executive Director of the Conservation Department John Pullis said that he has a self-imposed deadline to finish the two new cabins by September, although he later added that the cabins will be done in 2018, even if that means they’re finished Dec. 31, 2018.

Pullis also said he met with a different engineering company last week regarding the cost of moving the Water Works Campground from its current location to higher ground. He said they should have a proposal soon.

The Conservation board “had their fill” with Warner Engineering Associates Inc. last month after they had received no new information in eight months about moving the campground, which the board is considering having moved because of the cost of flood damage incurred over the years.

As the weather warms, Pullis also said the Conservation’s calendar is “ready to rock ‘n‘ roll” this spring.

The Engineering Department is ready to begin construction for tied culverts on Benton Ave., 200th St., and Gabriel Ave. and 130th St. Plans were approved during the Supervisors meeting Tuesday and a letting date was set for April 10.

Last week, territory operators were busy hauling spot rock to territories and crack filling, which is filling the cracks in asphalt roads that opened up. They started crack filling on Franklin Ave. North of Trenton, which should be finished up this week. After that, they will move on to J20 between Salem and Hillsboro.

Other projects that were finished last week were the 140th and Dakota Ave. grading project, which a contractor will be looking at soon to start grading work.

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