Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 18, 2013

County to rebid belts and installation for recycling center project

By Gary Nelson
Senior staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — The county's financial management committee voted to reject and rebid a project after one of the commissioners said it could be done much cheaper.

"I think we ought to turn these down. It could be done much cheaper if we go with a two-belt system. We could do it differently and save about $10,000 to $20,000," Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, said.

Harvel, who works at the county's solid waste and recycling center, is directly involved in installing and building the county's new single-stream recycling line.

The bids were for new belts to be made and installed for the new single-stream recycling line system.

The bids came in at more than $100,000 for the belts, electronics package, installation and on-site support for one year.

A Z belt was bid at anywhere from $53,400 up to $66,780.

"That particular belt would have to be special built for us. After the bids come back and I looked at it, I was trying to figure out why this belt was so much," Harvel said.

He said after doing more research on the project, he determined they wouldn't have to have the Z belt and could build the line with a much simpler two-belt system that would be significantly cheaper.

"Did we specify a single belt system in the specs?" Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, asked.

"Yeah, that was after I talked to one company and I didn't know that would make it so high. After doing research, I saw it could be done much cheaper. I take the blame for it, but it will save us a lot of money," Harvel said.

He added that another new piece of equipment for the project won't be ready until Jan. 30 so it will give him plenty of time to redraw the project and have it rebid.

Johnny Presley, 3rd District commissioner, moved to reject and rebid the project. Presley's motion was supported by Donald Andrews, director of schools, and it was unanimously approved.

Harvel passed from voting on the matter.

In other areas, the committee approved a low bid of $19,338.52 bid for the purchase and installation of a new Delfield serving line for Crab Orchard Elementary School for the food service program.

Kathy Hamby, school nutrition supervisor, submitted a letter to the committee along with the bid, recommending Mobile Fixture of Lavergne, TN, be awarded the bid.

Three other companies bid on the item with prices ranging all the way up to $21,758.

Harvel moved to accept Hamby's recommendation and accept the low bid of $19,338.52 from Mobile Fixture.

Harvel's motion was supported by Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner, and unanimously approved.