By Nicole Sturgill - Staff Writer
The Morehead News
Aug. 21, 2012 —
A committee is expected to make a recommendation Tuesday to Rowan Fiscal Court on what to do about the sole bid for the county’s new animal shelter.
The Court held a special meeting July 31 to open bids and members were surprised when only one was submitted by the noon deadline.
The sole bid came from Owens Construction of 4913 Flemingsburg Road, Morehead. It was $37,000 higher than the estimated cost of the facility.
“I can tell you we’ve been trying very hard and will continue to try to keep it under $250,000,” Judge-Executive Jim Nickell told Brian Owens of Owens Construction.
Owens had asked if the Court would re-advertise for bids since his company’s bid of $287,000 was considered too high.
The new animal shelter will be located on KY 519.
The question facing the Court is to proceed with the existing bid with modifications or to seek new bids.
Josh Trent, who has an $8,000 contract with the county to design the new animal shelter, said several interested builders had expressed interest in blueprints.
“I’m actually shocked that we only have one bid,” he said at the special meeting.
A committee comprised of County Attorney Cecil Watkins, Magistrate Harry Clark, Deputy Judge-Executive Jerry Alderman and Building Inspector Nick Caudill is expected to make a recommendation on the bid at the Court’s meeting on Tuesday.
Nicole Sturgill can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.