For the second consecutive year, the Houston County Commission has rejected a bid to replace the roof at the county’s Department of Human Resources building.

According to Sean Curtis, county building maintenance manager, the project’s costs of $227,450 will exceed his budget after the Community Corrections building roof is repaired. Commissioners approved that project – a $219,350 effort from Marty Robbins Roofing – Monday before rejecting the DHR roof bid, which also came from Marty Robbins Roofing.

Curtis said the Community Corrections building roof is in poorer shape than the DHR’s, even though the roof at Community Corrections is two years newer. He said the roof at Community Corrections has begun to show signs of failure.

County commissioners last considered a project to re-roof the DHR building in January 2018 but rejected the bid since it topped budgeted costs by more than $100,000. Curtis said he had underestimated the cost and scope of the DHR project at that time, mainly because it requires a full removal of the old roof.  

Both of the roofing projects the commission considered received one official bid as did a flooring contract approved Monday. That concerned District 4 Commissioner Brandon Shoupe and District 2 Commissioner Doug Sinquefield.

Shoupe asked county staff if they could reevaluate the bidding process and see if any improvements could be made to encourage more bidders, a sentiment Sinquefield shared. Shoupe said a little more investment from the county in bid preparations could yield better results.

Curtis said he would evaluate the process for improvements, though it has its challenges. Bonding and possessions of proper licenses the state requires are a few of them.

“We had people come to the pre-bid conference. Then people don’t bid,” he said. “We do it by law. (The bid) goes out everywhere. You would think more people would bid on it.” 

In other action, the commission:

>> awarded the flooring contracting bid to McCord Contract flooring.

>> awarded the bid for heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects to Comfort Systems USA.

>> awarded the painting contractor bid to Ben Darley Painting.

>> vacated a portion of Faulkner Road.

>> approved a request to consider the vacation of a section of Zachary Road. A public notice will be published regarding the request, which will be formally heard in a public meeting on June 24.

>> approved preliminary plats for the Chase Ridge (Phases III and IV) and Bear Creek Estates Phase II subdivisions.

>> approved a request from the Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency to sell a Bluebird bus.

>> extended a challenge to Houston County residents, businesses and organizations to adopt 5 more miles of road in the state’s Adopt-A-Mile program.

>> approved funding for the reclassifications of the payroll specialist/retirement administrator and chief revenue clerk positions.

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