By JOEL McNEECE
The Bruce Board of Aldermen appointed Joe Farmer as interim Public Works Department Director for the city as a search for the permanent director is conducted.
The board made the appointment at a special called meeting last Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Mayor Robert Edward Oakley made it clear to all public works department employees that anyone applying for the director’s job would be ineligible for the interim position. Roderick Gray was the only employee that notified the board he would be applying for the director’s position.
The city has begun advertising the position and is accepting resumes. Larry Blackwelder recently retired from the position after 21 years with the city.
In other news, the board opened bids for the renovation of the community building in Bruce Park. The project was divided into three phases – exterior, interior, and bathrooms. Contractors were allowed to bid on any or all of the phases.
B&N?Construction (Scott Bennett and Kenny Neal) and Joe Bennett were the only two bidders. Both only bid on the first two phases. The board decided to postpone the bathroom renovations and advertise them later. The bathroom renovations will be extensive with walls needing to be moved to make them handicap-accessible.
Bennett earned the bid for the exterior work at $10,224. That was just under the B&N bid of $10,617.
B&N?earned the interior project with a bid of $11,085. Bennett’s bid was $21,560.
The board also agreed that City Hall would only be closed on New Year’s Day. It will be open on New Year’s Eve. County offices will be closed both.