Members of the county’s Safety Committee met last week and discussed accepting bids a second time for roof replacement at Ambulance Station 1, located on Magness Drive.
County Executive John Pelham had previously accepted bids for the project. Three roofing companies, Rigsby Roofing and Tri-State Development, both located in McMinnville, and Turner Roofing Company of Crossville, showed interest and met with members for pre-construction meetings at the ambulance service.
Of the three companies, only two submitted bids. However, only one of those bids could be opened by the county executive’s office. Turner Roofing Company did not include pertinent information on the outside of its bid packet. By law, the bid could not be opened and was returned.
The only bid that could be opened was from Tri-State Development. It submitted a standing seam roof bid of $49,825, and a screw down metal roof bid of $40,900. Both bids were much higher than the $30,000 budgeted for the project.
Commissioner Charles Morgan said, “I think it’s totally atrocious. What do you think they are making on that $49,000 bid, $25,000 at least?”
Pelham suggested waiting until after the new budget is passed to put the job back out to bids. He said the bid specs might need to be looked at again and reevaluated. He said it might be possible to add more money to the roof budget at that time, if needed.
Safety Committee members present were Teddy Boyd, Ron Lee and Morgan. Members absent were Sally Brock and Les Trotman.