For Bridge No. 14, the bids were as follows:
* Bls Contractors, Bowling Green, for $43,730, and
* Brown's Land Improvements, Staunton, for $18,500.
For Bridge No. 155, the bids were as follows:
* Bls Contractors for $30,300, and
* Brown's Land Improvements for $18,500.
For Bridge No. 225, the bids were as follows:
* Bls Contractors for $77,635, and
* Brown's Land Improvements for $21,050.
The commissioners were concerned about the large differences in the bids.
"I'm looking at Bridge No. 225, and there's a $50,000 difference," Brown said. "I would like to talk to see what one person is expecting over the other. There is too much fluctuation there. I'd like to see why someone thinks it's $50,000 more. There are some questions I have."
Commissioner Paul Sinders agreed.
"I think we need to move on these as quickly as possible; however, I am not prepared to make a decision today because I think we need to review these quotes and make sure everything is included in the scope of the quote price," Sinders said. "I think we need further review, but we need to move on these as quickly as possible because of the comments by our engineer ... But we need a chance to look into this and compare."
The commissioners accepted the bid quotes and are taking them under advisement.
Next, the commissioners approved the Emergency Management GIS (Geographic Information System) grant application from EMA Director Bryan Husband.
The grant is for $2,000 each year, for three years, to assist with a GIS map.
"We were one of the first counties to approve this three years ago," Sinders said. "Back then, I thought it was a good idea. I still think it's a great idea. I personally think we need to proceed with this. They are trying to get all the counties to participate in this, and I see nothing but good coming from this."
At the end of the meeting, Brown thanked the public for allowing him to serve the community for the past eight years.
"This job has meant very much to me, and has been the highlight of my life," Brown said. "I hope you show the same respect to Tony Fenwick."
Commissioner Jack Withers said he seconded everything Brown said.
In other news, the commissioners approved:
* Two Havel Maintenance contracts including a Clay County Justice Center preventative maintenance contract and a Clay County Courthouse preventative maintenance contract,
* A contract for a signage grant with United Consulting, which would allow a signage inventory of an estimated 2,600 signs in the county at a cost of $50,000.
The contract does not include signs within Brazil or incorporated towns. The inventory will give the commissioners information on where each sign is, how it is mounted and what condition it is in, among other things,
* A change order on Bridge No. 1, at a cost of $265.82. Unstable subsoil was found and an erosion control blanket is needed, among other changes due to changes in regulations during the contract.
"You have $8,000 in things they could have but are not going to have to do, but you offset that with things they do need to do later," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh explained, and
* Quote specifications for the tandem truck for the Clay County Highway Department.