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“We have a lot of them (path­ways) up there,” Long said. “Some are con­crete, some as­phalt, some gravel, and then some that are just grass and dirt pe­riod. We ad­ver­tised for sealed bids for form­ing and pour­ing the walk­ways, and then did a sep­a­rate bid for a con­crete sup­plier where we would buy the con­crete from the con­crete plant di­rectly.”

Long’s depart­ment re­ceived four bids for the form­ing and pour­ing, with the low bid be­ing JM Han­ner Con­struc­tion out of Chat­tanooga.

“Their bid was $1.50 per square foot for the form­ing and pour­ing, and also we did three dif­fer­ent bid prices on build­ing some catch basins where we’re go­ing to put in some stormwa­ter drainage; one price was $480 a piece, one was $680, and then one is $1440, and that’s for the dif­fer­ent size and depths on those.”

Long says JM Han­ner, a lo­cal com­pany, was much cheaper than the other three com­pa­nies in South Ge­or­gia.

As far as the con­crete bids go, Long says he only re­ceived one, which was from the Dal­ton-based Ba­sic Ready Mix at a cost of $116 per yard.

Long says the con­tract prices also in­clude a lot of in-house work that will be done by city crews. For that rea­son, Long couldn’t pro­vide an ex­act num­ber for the over­all cost of the project, but did give a ball­park fig­ure.

“The price we’re look­ing at will be some­where from $80,000 to $100,000, and it is in the 2014 SPLOST funds,” Long said.

The coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the bid awards, and Long added that he hopes to get the project un­der­way be­fore the end of the year.

“We’ll be start­ing on it pretty soon, and hope­fully weather co­op­er­at­ing, we’ll have it done for spring base­ball sea­son.”

/ Adam Cook

Pub­lic Works and Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Jeff Long dis­cusses con­crete bids dur­ing the Nov. 12 Fort Oglethorpe City Coun­cil meet­ing.

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