Sewer plant expansion bids below estimates

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bids from a southern sewer line extension a couple of weeks ago came in several millions dollars under the engineer’s estimate.

And the slowdown in construction seems to also help in bids for the expansion of the Shepherdsville sewer plant.

The lowest of 10 bids for the city’s expansion project came in nearly $1 million under the estimate of $16.2 million.

However, city officials are not yet ready to award any of the three contracts in the sewer expansion project.

Judy Construction Co. had the low bid of $15.3 million, which was $523,000 below the next bid of Hall Contracting.

Engineer Rob Campbell will look at the bids.

He should have recommendations on the best bids in January.

In other business:

*The council approved a settlement offer on back taxes owed by Winn-Dixie, which filed bankruptcy and closed its local store several years ago.

City attorney Bill Wilson said the bill was around $12,000 but the company offered to settle for $1,477.

In order to fight the issue, Wilson said legal counsel would be needed in Florida.

The council agreed with his suggestion to approve the settlement.

*A first reading was held to make changes in the franchise agreement for sanitation services.

Councilmember Trina Summers said that the next contract should take effect on Jan. 1. Notices could be placed in the fall tax bills to notify residents of the upcoming change.

By awarding the contract in the fall, Summers said it would give the sanitation companies more of a transition period.

Councilmember Bonnie Enlow also mentioned the possibility of getting separate bids for residential and commercial pickup service.

She felt companies would bid low on the residential service but would go up even more on commercial service.

Summers and Margaret Moore both said the idea was to limit only one sanitation service to drive through the city and put a load on the streets. Summers added that garbage cans seemed to be always out for collection when anyone could provide service.

With the current four-year contract just starting, Summers said there would be plenty of time to amend the current ordinance.

*A 1.25-acre tract off Sparrow Drive was rezoned for First Federal and Carolina Group.

The land, which part of property to be sold to Sunbelt Rentals, is located across the street from the main tract.

The property would be rezoned from R-1 Residential to B-1 Highway Business.

There was no opposition.

*It was the final meeting for Stacey Dawson Cline, Faith Portman, Moore and Summers.

Moore grew up with mayor Sherman Tinnell and his family in Clermont. She had the opportunity to work with Tinnell during both of his terms as mayor.

She said it had been a pleasure working for the people as a councilmember for so many years. She enjoyed helping people and appreciated their kindness.

Portman said she enjoyed her two terms on the council.

Her goal was to represent the people and she hoped that was done.

Because of the threats made over the past couple of years, Portman said she has become a stronger person.

Portman said she would continue to be a voice for the community and expects to run for the council in two years.

Tony Miller, who won re-election to the council, thanked the outgoing members for their work. He pointed to things done, including the paid firefighters and 25 full-time police officers, as major accomplishments.

Wilson led a round of applause for all the councilmembers who provide dedicated service to the community.

Tinnell said he appreciated the advice - whether he agreed or not.

The mayor said some were resentful when he was elected mayor but he felt all did what they felt they had to do.

The new councilmembers - Don Cundiff, Larry Hatfield, Alan Wetzel and Scott Ellis - take office in January.

*The city will cancel its Dec. 22 meeting due to the holiday.

The next regular meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. The public is invited to attend.