Thursday afternoon saw another pair of back-to-back county committee meetings, with a Financial Management meeting at 3:30 p.m. and a Highway and Bridge Committee meeting at 4 p.m.
The real challenge was for Warren County Road Superintendent Levie Glenn, who was scheduled to attend both meetings. Even with the financial meeting at the Administrative Building and the highway meeting at the Highway Department offices, Glenn managed to make both meetings.
In addition to Glenn, the Financial Committee meeting was attended by Commissioners Terry Bell, Wayne Copeland, Billy Earl Jones, and Tommy Savage, as well as finance director Linda Hillis.
The meeting started with the election of a chairman. County Executive Herschel Wells was unanimously elected.
Three bids were received for a terminal roof painting project at Warren County Memorial Airport. Upon the recommendation of airport director Richard Crawford, the lowest bid of $5,925, submitted by Herschel Tate Painting, was accepted by a vote of 4-0. The company had previously done work on the community hangar.
In another airport project to paint the hangar floors, two bids were received. The lowest bid of $16,800 submitted by KanIlli Enterprises, Inc. was accepted unanimously, again at the recommendation of Crawford.
The Sheriff’s Department will be receiving two new SUVs. The lowest bid of $26,747 each for two 2015 Ford PI Interceptor SUVs from Golden Circle Ford of Jackson was unanimously accepted.
Genesis Collaboration submitted the lowest bid for network and user management licenses for Warren County Schools. Bobby Cox, Director of Schools, was unable to attend, but sent a letter to recommend accepting the bid from Genesis. The vote was 4-0.
The bid deadline for two new ambulances for Warren County EMS has been extended until Oct. 1.
Finally, the committee voted on the disposal of surplus property from the school system. The property will be disposed of at the discretion of Cox. Most items were outdated or non-working equipment, but also included was a 92 John Deere Backhoe, which will likely be sold on GovDeals.com.
The main business of the Highway and Bridge Committee, chaired by Gary Prater, was to approve Glenn’s request to accept bids for a 2015 Ford F-550 4x4 four-door crew cab with snow plow. This is to replace a damaged truck, which will be kept for parts.
Committee members Randy England, David Rhea, Blaine Wilcher, and Melissa Yancy voted 4-0 to begin the bidding process.
England inquired about the likelihood of a new bridge on Northcutt Cove Road in Irving College. Glenn said, “It is on the list to look at and see what we can move forward with.” He explained safety issues and load limits are used to determine the need to replace or repair a bridge.
Blaine Wilcher was appointed to keep the minutes of committee meetings.