The Colbert City Council unanimously accepted the bid of $46,750 April 2 by Jackson and Todd Construction to build the new restrooms within the city’s old school building.
“We budgeted $50,000 for this project, and have received two bids interested in doing the job,” said Mayor Chris Peck. “One bid is for $87,500 and the other $46,750.”
Noticing the large difference in price, councilman Roger Fortson inquired about the specifics that were bid on.
“Do they both include the electrical work and everything?” asked Fortson.
Peck, referencing the plans of the project, revealed everything that was to be included in each bid.
“Yes, everything that was listed in the plans and specs was included in the bid,” said Peck. “So this amount is to cover the electrical, water, sheet rocking, heating and air and everything else that was listed in the plans.”
Council member Bert Robinson asked if the bathrooms would be move-in ready once finished.
“Are the restrooms supposed to be turn-key and ready to go once they’re completed?” asked Robinson.
Mayor Peck informed the council of what to expect.
“Both bids are to have the bathrooms fully functional and ready for use once officially completed,” he said.
Fortson voiced his thoughts on the issue.
“We’ve done work with Mr. Jackson in the past, and I have no doubt that we can trust his work,” he said. “So as long as the electrical work is included I’m alright with his bid.”
Peck offered final comments on the matter.
“We’ve had success working with Mr. Jackson before, and I feel comfortable accepting his bid for this job as well.”
In other matters, the request of Jesse Croya to lease the old Colbert Agriculture Building for the use of Rising Son Youth was dropped until a future date. The city is now the official owner of the old school building. The city water tank was recently cleaned, and on the dates of April 13th and 14th the city will flush all the hydrants in the city. “If you’re experiencing problems with your water around these dates, keep in mind that this could be the reason,” said Peck. “We’ve been having some problems recently, and we’re hoping that this will help to clear things up.” Also, the city is planning to set a new rental cost for the use of the Depot and the old school building.