Supervisors Open Bids; Plan To Move Court

By JOEL?McNEECE
Calhoun County Supervisors opened annual bids, appointed a board attorney and purchasing clerk, and began preparations to move upcoming court sessions due to courthouse renovations at their first meeting of 2010.

Sonny Clanton and Sheryl Fleming were each unanimously re-appointed as board attorney and purchasing clerk respectively at Monday’s meeting.
Among the numerous annual bids opened by the board, Southside was awarded the bid to feed county prisoners breakfast and supper. Their total bid of $6 beat the $6.25 bid submitted by A&T and a $6.50 bid submitted by Heart &?Soul.
The board approved the bid from The Journal as the county’s legal newspaper.
The lone depository bid was submitted by BancorpSouth. It was taken under advisement.
Bids for slag rock, wash rock, chemicals and roadside spraying were all rejected. All other bids submitted were approved based on the lowest and best bid with alternatives.
The board accepted an offer from the Calhoun County Historical Society to utilize the former Pittsboro Methodist Church building behind the courthouse as a potential courtroom. The board also agreed to prepare the former Pentecostal Church building, owned by the county, next to the jail as a courtroom if needed.
Planned renovations to the courtroom building as part of the new courthouse project could force upcoming court sessions to relocate. There was no news on the new courthouse contracts which are still pending approval before the board can issue a “notice to proceed.” The board set a meeting for Friday, Jan. 8 with hopes of having contracts ready to sign.
Terry Fales, director of Calhoun Economic Development Association, presented the board his monthly report.
Fales said he is finalizing plans for third annual CEDA?banquet on Jan. 21 at the Methodist Corner in Calhoun City. Fales said he is still working to get MDA grant reimbursements for United Chair and is also waiting to hear from a potential United Chair supplier interested in either the Bruce Furniture or Kellwood building.
Fales said he is working with the Green Committee on the countywide recycling effort. He told supervisors it’s critical they help solve the transportation issue of hauling the full recycle trailers to Oxford.
“We’ve got to come up with a way that makes economical sense,” Fales said.
Supervisor Earnest Fox asked that the recycle trailer at Pittsboro be moved to Bruce. The board agreed.
Fales said the county will need to look into finding some larger trailers at some point.

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