BOCC awards Community Asphalt Corp. county paving bid

On March 10, the Regular Meeting of the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was held in the City Commission chambers in Clewiston. After saying a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was taken. Present at the meeting were: Chairman Mitchell Wills, Vice Chair Emma Byrd, Commissioner Daryl Harris, Commissioner Michael Swindle, County Administrator Jennifer Davis, County Attorney Mark Lapp and Ad Interim Clerk Kimberly Barrineau.

The first item on the agenda were Bids. Bid ITB #2020-09 Miscellaneous Paving at Various Locations in Hendry County: Sealed bids were received for miscellaneous paving at various locations in Henry County. Six bids were received from Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc., OHL Community Asphalt Corp., C.W. Roberts, Pavement Maintenance, Preferred Materials, and Thompkins Contracting. The bids received range from $514,000 to $952,894.25. Community Asphalt Corp. was the lowest responsive bidder in the amount of $514,000.

The roads that are being paved are the ones that were in the worst condition and one in which funding from the Florida Department of Transportation was not being pursued. This includes Forestry Division Rd., Huggetts Rd., Carlisle St., the intersection of Elm St. and Cowboy Way, a segment of A Rd., the EMS station on Forestry Division Rd., Jack’s Branch asphalt repair, CR78 Branch asphalt repair, a segment of Hendry Isles Boulevard repairs, Hendry Isles Boulevard dip area repairs, Hendry Isles burn spot repair, CR832/Keri Road repairs, Sassy Rd., Tammy Rd., Melissa Rd., Richmond Ave., and Midstate Lp. Asphalt repairs are required at the EMS station due to the settlement of the old landfill beneath.

The funding for this paving was budgeted in the County’s Road and Bridge budget, not the loan that the County has sought for other projects. The EMS station on Fourth Street Division Road will be paid for from the EMS budget. The Hendry Isles burn spot is an insurance claim. A motion to approve choosing Community Asphalt Corp., the lowest responsive bidder, carried 4-0.

The next Bid on the agenda was RFQ #2020-06 Recommendation for Design and Permitting for Sidewalks in the Harlem Community: The ranking of the selection committee, comprised of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Operations Manager John Anderson, Hendry County Public Works Director Shane Parker, and City of LaBelle Finance Director Ron Zimmerly, for the design and permitting of sidewalks, in the Harlem community. Four submittals were received from DRMO, McMahon Associates, Inc., BES, Inc., and Connelly & Wicker, Inc. Each firm made a 15 minute presentation, the staff had 10 minutes to ask questions, after which the committee ranked BES, Inc. as the number one firm. The fiscal impact of this project is unknown, as staff plans to negotiate a contract that will be brought back to the BOCC for approval. The project is being funded by FDOT. A motion to approve choosing BES, Inc. carried 4-0.

Next on the agenda was the Consent Agenda: Payment of Bills and Approval of BOCC Meeting Minutes. All approved 4-0. The BOCC agreed that Petition Number RZ19-0014 was to be continued to the next regular BOCC Meeting on March 24, in LaBelle.

Jennifer Davis, County Administrator, spoke briefly about the Clewiston Library and the current goings-on with the Library Advisory Committee, and the need to move forward to negotiate and establish an agreement with Glades and Okeechobee counties, for what she feels will be for the betterment of the Library System. There are three libraries in Hendry County, and one each in Glades and Okeechobee. There is approximately an additional $322,000 that would be able to be contributed to the project as a whole, shared equally between the three counties, if the agreement to form a new cooperative and board, could be reached. Emma Byrd, BOCC Vice Chair, said that there are a lot of unanswered questions and many concerns that Glades and Okeechobee counties have, regarding the creation of the new cooperative with Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties. Commissioner Karson Turner spoke about not wanting to upset the current status of the Clewiston Library, as he has heard things are going well. He suggested having the Librarians from each county to meet and discuss what their concerns are, in order to make a decision based on their needs. Overall, most feel the formation of a new cooperative will be a good move forward. However, concerns on how the board will be created, appointed, or formed, who will monitor and decide about expenditure of the state and local funding, etc. A resolution of intent will be proposed during the next regular BOCC meeting.

Margaret Emblidge, AICP, Planning and Community Development Director Presented a Planning and Community Development Department Activity Report. A total of 13 projects that are proposed to complete during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Commissioner Turner spoke about making sure we protect the green-spaces and natural beauty of Hendry County, while completing the proposed projects.

Randy Martin, City of Clewiston’s City Manager, spoke about a the need for a resource for an engineer regarding the new flagpole. He also spoke about the new precautions regarding COVID-19 and mass gatherings. He also reported that due to these new concerns, the Clewiston Sugar Festival was cancelled.

Shane Parker, Public Works Director, spoke regarding the vehicle title transfer from Good Wheels to the Hendry/Glades Transportation Disadvantaged Committee and the need to purchase more vehicles.

The next Regular BOCC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, at 5:00 p.m. in LaBelle.

Persons wishing to request public records from Hendry County should submit their request to Emily Hunter, Communications & Legislative Coordinator, Mailing address: P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975
Physical address: 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL
emily.hunter@hendryfla.net
Phone: (863) 675-5304
Fax: (863) 674-4194.

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