County approves bid for new roof
by Michele Longworth
Apr 30, 2014 | 591 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bids for a new roof for Massac County Courthouse were opened at Tuesday morning’s board meeting, with two contractors submitting bids after three contractors had looked at the roof.

According to Commissioner Jerel Childers, a conference was held with the contractors to go over the specifications for the project. Both bids are for a rubber roof. Upon reading the bids, Childers announced there was a bid from American Roofing in the amount of $123,500 and another bid from Bailey Construction for $97,063. The Bailey bid was approved.

Childers said work on replacing the roof would start as soon as the roof has a chance to dry out a. He said there are about three roofs on the building. The roof is a 15-year roof and has been out of warranty for about nine years, well past the life of the roof.

Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac had two items to bring before the board. The first was the dump truck he had found in Harrisburg. The commissioners approved a motion authorizing him to purchase the vehicle at a cost of $25,000, which Matesevac has in his budget to purchase.

The second item was the bids for another bridge project on New Columbia Road just north of the New Columbia Road-Big Bay Road intersection. He said the estimate for the project was $270,000. However, when bids were opened last Friday, the low bid was for $370,928, which would increase the county’s share of the cost from $60,000 to $74,000 — $14,000 more.

According to Matesevac, the estimate may have been a little low and another reason the cost may be higher is because of the state’s goals for contracts to utilize minority contractors. He explained Perry County Construction, the low bidder, would be purchasing beams from a minority company based in Peoria, which would be about $20,000 more.

He said the second lowest bid was for $376,907, only $6000 difference between the bids. Matesevac said his recommendation would be to accept the bid from Perry County Construction. “I don’t see it (the cost of the project) getting any cheaper,” he said. A motion was made and approved, accepting the Perry County Construction bid.

Matesevac said it may take a couple of months for Illinois Department of Transportation to award the contract, so work on this bridge could start around mid-July.

Massac County Sheriff Ted Holder met briefly with the board and informed them on Tuesday, May 20 the department will auction off two used squad cars, which were running when they were taken off the road.

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