Test well bids over budget

The Hazlehurst Board of Aldermen took the bids under advisement in the test well project.

The bids ranged from $49,000 to $104,000, reported engineer Greg Gearhart, who did not recommend awarding the contract to any of the bidders. Cost of steel pipe have increased since quotes were obtained over a year ago, he explained. A few items could be changed in the specifications to make the project cheaper. Gearhart recommended rejecting the bids and readvertising with slightly different specs.

The board took the bids under advisement on a 4-1 vote, with Richard Akin voting no, for possible rebidding later.

Other business handled by the city board during the June meeting included hearing a delegation from Mississippi Shine. The group seeks a space to administer a Health and Human Services grant to provide community programs such as prescription assistance. The board took the request under advisement for discussion with the county about using the Heritage House building.

The Gospel Festival committee was granted permission to hold a parade on August 2. Alderman Akin pointed out that access to the pharmacy should not be blocked. The police chief will work out a parade route with the committee.

The board agreed to deed a lot to Mickel McMillian, who will clean up the property within 60 days in exchange for a quit claim deed.

Advertisement for bids was authorized for sewer lines on Highway 28 to accommodate a new business.

Repairs were authorized to the Gallatin Street well with Donald Smith being low bidder.

Alderman Akin asked that the city talk to the county about replacing the bridge at Lake Hazle. A concrete bridge would be safer, he said, and Lake Street needs to be widened as much as it can be. Alderman Jones added that police need to monitor that area more closely, as speeders are a problem. If more tickets are written in the area people will slow down, he pointed out.

The Hazlehurst Board of Aldermen regularly meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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