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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

By: Pat Hunter

 

For over 1 year, numerous discussions have taken place by school board members, school board Maintenance Committee, construction manager, architect, and Loudon County Purchasing Maintenance director, how the County wouldn't get good bid quotes or that it was unethical to go out for bids on the proposed school building plans without first securing funds from Loudon County Commission. At Monday's October 4th Commission meeting, commissioners will consider taking action on agenda item "6. Consideration of a Request to Fund the Bidding Phase of a New Fort Loudoun Middle School and Renovations to the Philadelphia School Cafeteria from Education Capital Projects Fund 177." Commission may weigh several options including approving the school boards request to take two school building projects out to bid without first securing funds but if that happens, professionals and county officials have warned that the County will likely not get good competitive bids. Another option is the Budget Committee's recommendation to wait until spring for the next budget cycle. One other option is to approve going out to bid and pledge future tax revenues to help pay for the debt $18.3 - $45 Million. Some commissioners are already talking about a large property tax increase.

The majority of County Budget Committee members voted on Budget Committee member Don Miller's recommendation not to approve going out for bids because we do not have the funds to proceed with the projects. We should wait until closer when we go out to bids. Seconded by Austin Shaver. The only no vote came from Budget Committee member Sharon Yarbrough. But, the Capital Projects Committee voted to approve the request to move forward with the bid process. Newly elected Commissioner Brian Jenkins made the motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Harold Duff to approve $60,000 to $180,000 for the next phase of architectural/bid fees although no money has been approved by the Budget Committee or Commission to fund $18.3 Million.   

 

 

 

 

CLICK VIDEO RON WOODY

February 3, 2010 Loudon County Commission meeting with CTAS consultant Ron Woody

BOE CHAIRMAN SCOTT NEWMAN ... the architects felt that it was "UNETHICAL" to take the bid process or take the process to bid because there's no money been allotted...

CTAS CONSULTANT RON WOODY spoke to commissioners and school board and he said ... "Never, Never, Never go to bid, folks, "Never go to bid" unless you've got the money to secure the contracts, that�s the worst thing to do because you go to bid and you do that people know that you don't have money...

CLICK VIDEO Don Shell (l) Buddy Heins (r)

July 26, 2010 Loudon County Commission workshop meeting

Construction Management VP Buddy Heins Merit Construction - school building project 
" ... As we have discussed on many occasions, we don't feel that's in the best interest of anybody to go out for bids on projects that's not funded..."

 

Don Shell, Community Techtonics architect, July 26, 2010 Loudon County Commission workshop meeting

... IF YOU'RE ASKING BIDDERS TO HOLD THEIR PRICE, IT'S  PROBABLY GOING TO COST US MORE THAN IF THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A PROJECT THAT WILL BE FUNDED... 

 

Don Shell, Community Techtonics architect, July 26, 2010 Loudon County Commission workshop meeting

... actually get bidders to hold the bid for 60 days to give the owner more time. But we both concur that within this market if you're asking bidders to hold their price  

it's probably going to cost us more than they know if they have a project that will be funded...

 

 

 

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10-04-2010