Warren County Middle School is getting an upgrade to its plumbing system.
“We’re replacing 60-year-old galvanized pipes,” said maintenance director Donnie Caldwell. “They’ve become a problem.”
Most of the pipe used pre-1960s was galvanized steel. Galvanized pipes corrode and sediment builds up on the inside over time making the inside diameter of the pipe smaller and smaller over time, creating low water pressure.
The county Financial Management Committee met Thursday to consider a request from the Warren County School System to accept a bid from Warren Mechanical Contractors for $27,891 for the project. Warren Mechanical was the low bidder, with Billy Thomas Plumbing & Electric Service bidding $40,100 and C&C Commercial Contractors bidding $65,816.
Director of Schools Bobby Cox made a motion to accept the low bid, which was unanimously accepted by members County Executive Herschel Wells and commissioners Terry Bell and Tommy Savage.
Also on the agenda for committee consideration was awarding the bid for Warren County Memorial Airport’s maintenance hangar project. The item was pulled from consideration prior to the meeting by airport manager Richard Crawford. The need for a maintenance shed for equipment was mentioned by Crawford during 2015-16 budget discussions.
Absent from the meeting were committee members Commissioner David Rhea and Road Superintendent Levie Glenn.