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CUMBERLAND COUNTY FINANCIAL MGMT. COMMITTEE APPROVES PROPOSALS

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Among items discussed at this morning’s Cumberland County Financial Management Committee meeting were the Crab Orchard Elementary School construction project and annual bids for the county Highway Department.

Director of Schools Janet Graham said the sewage issue at the Crab Orchard site is under review; the Board of Education has contracted with Tare, Inc., to evaluate the problem and prepare a report. Graham said she expects the study to be completed soon. “We have no idea what it’s going to cost” to fix the problem, she said. “They’re supposed to give us a study that gives us a multitude of options.” The committee voted unanimously to approve the nearly $10 million low bid on the school-construction project.

The committee approved bids for several Highway Department commodities, including crushed stone, guardrail, pipe, road oil and bulk de-icing salt. They also reviewed and approved the purchase of a used tractor for the Highway Department, highway striping and marking services and renewal of a contract for asphalt paving, with current pricing extended through September 30 of this year. All recommended bids were approved unanimously.

Highway Supervisor Scott Blaylock told 105.7 News several paving projects are expected to be undertaken by the end of the fiscal year. He said the paving of Clint Lowe Road will extend to Vandever Road; the portion that was paved last week was one of six projects completed this past week. Blaylock said they’re awaiting state contracts for state aid on paving work for Alloway Road, Turkey Blind and Snead Drive.

School Nutrition District Supervisor Kathy Hamby presented bid recommendations for annual food, non-food supplies and services – including dinnerware, beverages and waste pickup and disposal. Everything presented for approval passed unanimously.

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