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Airport hangar project won't take flight
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A new maintenance hangar for Warren County Memorial Airport has suffered its last and final rejection.
“This project is dead,” said County Executive Herschel Wells. “As of right now, it is. Unless they want to come back later, they don’t have the money.”
The county Budget and Finance Committee met Jan. 14 and rejected the airport’s proposed funding mechanism of transferring $50,000 from its current gasoline fund and using $40,000 the county provided for a different project and combining those moneys with $83,000 the airport currently has to generate $173,000 to construct the building.
Because bids were accepted for the project, the county Financial Management Committee had to reject those. On the committee and voting unanimously to do just that were Wells, Commissioners Terry Bell, Linda Jones, David Rhea and Tommy Savage, Road Superintendent Levie Glenn, and Director of Schools Bobby Cox.
Also in the agenda were other measures that fared better than the hangar.
Warren County Sheriff’s Department accepted bids on medications and medical supplies. They were obtaining the items from Stewart Pharmacy.
According to county finance director Linda Hillis, the only bid received was from McMinnville Drug Center and after review by Sheriff Jackie Matheny, the prices given for each medication were comparable to what was being paid to Stewart Pharmacy for those same medications.
“When Stewart’s went out, we re-bid the medications,” said Hillis. “McMinnville Drug Center is the only bidder. Jackie reviewed the bid and he indicated that it’s very close to what they are paying now for the prescriptions. He recommends McMinnville Drug Center be awarded the bid.”
The contract was unanimously awarded to McMinnville Drug Center.
Warren County Schools accepted bids on a new Vision Screener. The committee unanimously accepted the bid from School Health Corporation for $6,299.
Financial Management met Thursday.