The Trigg County Fiscal Court, at its Monday meeting, unanimously selected Bruce Green Construction as the contractor that will be in charge of construction of the building.
Last Tuesday, Bruce Green submitted the lowest bid, at $1,615,000, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries, who added that there were 13 companies that entered bids, the highest of which was about $2.2 million. The second-lowest bid submitted was $250,000 higher than Bruce Green’s bid, said Humphries.
When started, the project will take about a year to complete, so it is hoped that Bruce Green can “get started right away,” or as soon as weather permits, Humphries said. “This … bid did include three addendums that we were hesitant about, and will quite possibly have to omit … a porch, a shelter and grate work,” Humphries said.
Two representatives from the current senior center were present to show their support, but didn’t comment on the bids during the meeting.
The court, by a vote of 5–1, approved the county managing pool budget, with Magistrate Kevin Terrell as the sole “no” vote. Humphries said that while it is not yet known how much the pool budget will be, in recent years it has been about $5,000, and went on to say that the pool is still set to open on or around Memorial Day this year.
“We need to do a much better job of bookkeeping” when it comes to the pool budget, said Humphries.
The fiscal court also unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between Trigg, Christian and Todd counties that will create the Tri-County Regional Economic Development Efforts.
Humphries said one of the major goals of the memo of understanding is to make the area more enticing to outside industries, to help create more jobs in the county and the region as a whole.
He added that the three counties each had something different to offer employers, as Trigg County has Interstate 24, Christian County has Hopkinsville and Todd County has railroads.
“I have, in the last couple of weeks, been in several meetings with regional leadership as far as working together, trying to offset those economic development woes that we have across the region,” Humphries said, adding that the more than 15 percent unemployment rate is taking its toll on residents, although the county isn’t alone in suffering the effects of current economic conditions.
In other actions, the court approved an amended list of the standing orders, which are recurring expenses like payroll and utilities that are pre-approved and which expire after the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1.
The list includes pool utilities, the principal and interest on the $500,000 loan connected with the new senior citizens center and payroll and telephone for the Trigg County Sheriff’ Department.
County road aid amounts for the 2009/2010 fiscal year were briefly discussed, but no action was taken. Humphries said there was $959,660, about $41,000 less than last year, available for county road aid, including 3 percent for emergencies.
“With the 3 percent, if we were to have a bridge wash out overnight, we would have funds available to begin work on that,” Humphries explained.
Humphries said he still didn’t have any official word on when former Magistrate Doug Taylor would be replaced. Taylor announced on March 9 that he was resigning from the court, effective March 16, to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The county budget and fee pooling will be discussed at the next fiscal court meeting, to be held on Monday, May 18.