Quotes approved for repair of levee
The Clay County Commissioners have taken another step to a full recovery from the June floods.
In a special meeting Thursday, the commissioners approved quotes to repair the Eel River Levee, near County Road 535 West between CR 500 and 600 S, that was damaged as a result of the June 7 flood.
While three quotes were requested, only two were received and Persinger Dozier Services, LLC, had the lowest quote at $32,375, which was drastically lower than the $88,115 quoted by JDH Contracting, Inc.
The commissioners approved the quote from Persinger, but it needs to also be approved by the United States Department of Agriculture before work can begin.
"This is not an automatic go on the project," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "With reimbursements a potential factor in this project, we have to send this in to the USDA out of Indianapolis for final approval."
At the July 16 special meeting, the commissioners agreed to be the fiscal agent to aid the Harris/McGregor Levee Project in funding the work, and may be eligible to be reimbursed the money they contribute, which is 75 percent of the total cost.
The commissioners also accepted the lone bid of $145,000, which was provided by Southeastern Equipment Company, for a multi-purpose excavator, and took quotes for a tractor and mower under legal advisement.
Three quotes were received from Southeastern Equipment Company, Valley Implement, Inc., and Wright Implements with prices for both the mower and tractor.
"We need to find out for sure when the delivery date on the tractor and mower could be, and if the prices would remain the same if we purchase them separately, rather than from the same company," Sinders said.
Also, after months of discussion and work, the commissioners approved and signed numerous documents to administer the grant application for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).
The grant, which is for $200,000, will be used to conduct a rail study at the Chinook mine property and requires a $50,000 match which, according to the recipient/sub recipient agreement signed Thursday, is required to be paid by Oct. 15.
Covol Engineered Fuels, RLF Chinook Properties, LLC, and United Biofuels are slated to provide the funds for the match.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.