Clock tower project delayed
The Washington County Board of Supervisors made no decision Tuesday morning on which bid of two to accept for making repairs to the county courthouse clock tower.
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said that pieces of brick have been falling off of the courthouse. Supervisors Steve Davis and Bob Yoder each held up a piece of red brick so those in attendance could see what needs to be repaired.
The supervisors received two bids for the work and were ready to approve the low bid when a question arose. The low bid didn’t include the cost to replace bricks, while the more expensive bid did.
The low bid came from TNT Tuckpointing & Building Restoration of Stockton at $56,000. The high bid was $65,973 from E & H Restoration of Davenport.
Chuck Doughty of the Maintenance Department will seek clarification on the TNT bid.
The project would take three to four weeks to complete, Widmer said.
Chairman Steve Davis said the item will be on next week’s agenda.
The board accepted the low bid on a bridge replacement project on Prairie Flower Road from Iowa Bridge and Culvert that came in at $267,140. The high bid of $287,500 came from Taylor Construction Inc. A culvert will replace the bridge.
The board went into recess until 11 a.m. when the supervisors were to canvass the votes in the Washington and Mid-Prairie school bond issue referendums on April 1.
The board held a work session at 1:30 p.m. about the Richmond and Rubio septic issues and related DNR issues, noncompliant properties and available options for such property owners, and preparation for enforcement actions to comply with the June 1, 2014 DNR deadline for compliance. See Wednesday’s Journal for more information.