Houston Commission OKs price of building

PERRY — The Houston County Commission adopted a maximum price for its new environmental health building and approved bids for four new vehicles at its Tuesday meeting.

Earlier this year, commissioners chose International City Builders as the construction manager for the new building, which is to be built adjacent to the county health department building on Cohen Walker Drive.

But when bids came in for the work, they were significantly higher than the $500,000 to $600,000 first estimated, Tommy Stalnaker, county director of operations, said.

“We went back to the designers and scaled back the project some, so we need approval for a new gross maximum price,” he told commissioners.

They approved his recommendation of $640,116. Under the agreement, International City Builders will be responsible for any cost overruns.

Commissioners also approved low bids for three vehicles — $13,662 from Peach County Ford of Byron for a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup for the water department, $66,120 from NexTran Truck Center of Macon for a 2010 Ford F-750 flatbed dump truck for the roads department and $88,367 from Peach State Truck Center in Byron for a 2007 Sterling LT9511 tandem dump truck for the roads department.

They also approved the second-lowest bid for a new tractor for the roads department — $33,200 from Walker-Rhodes Tractor Co. of Perry for a New Holland TD5050. Lashley Tractor Sales of Griffin offered a similar tractor for $32,687, but it would not be available for 90 to 150 days, and the Perry tractor is available now. County regulations allow the commissioners to accept bids within 3 percent of the low bid if it’s from a local company.

In other action Tuesday, the commission:

Ÿ Approved a new contract with Judicial Alternatives of Georgia to provide probation services for the Houston County Magistrate Court. Midstate Probation Co., which has provided the services for the past 13 years, is closing because of health concerns of the owner, Commissioner Gail Robinson said.

Ÿ Approved a contract change order for the relocation of the Old Perry Road water line that will reduce the total cost of the project by $4,262 to $59,939.

Ÿ Approved reimbursing the district attorney’s office $6,738.30 for professional service charges it had to pay for court reporter services and psychologist diagnostic interviews for various cases.

Ÿ Approved rezoning 7.61 acres owned by William J. Edes on Ga. 247 in Kathleen from residential-agriculture to commercial. Edes indicated he plans to build a small retail/office complex on the property, which is just south of the Kathleen post office and Kathleen Healthcare.

Ÿ Approved a special exception application for Anthony Narsing to allow him to operate a pressure-washing business from his home at 412 Stathams Way.

Ÿ Tabled a special exception request for a home business from Gene Gay of 1561 Sweetwater Drive, who wants to operate a landscaping/concrete curbing business, until the planning and zoning commission makes a recommendation.

To contact writer Chuck Thompson, call 923-6199, extension 235.