By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
The Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor's Center project will be discussed again Friday morning during the county's monthly financial management committee meeting.
Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock reported to the county commission during its April monthly meeting that the subject was coming back to the finance committee.
"Apparently, the TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) review of the project took a little bit longer than expected and some of the bidders can't extend their bid on the project past 60 days," Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. said.
Included in the county commission packet was a letter from W&O Construction that said they would be "unable to extend the bid past the 60 days required in section 0021113-7 of the project specifications."
The Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor's Center project has been rebid several times, most recently because all earlier bids had to be rejected in order to meet TDOT and federal guidelines for the grants.
In January the committee voted to approve the low bid of $604,000 on the project that was submitted by W&O Construction of Livingston, TN.
The majority of the funds for the project will be coming from a grant from TDOT.
Bids were also submitted by Freitag Construction Company for $605,800; Johnson's Builders for $661,705; and Southeast Contractors, Inc. for $673,816.
The county commission in January voted to pursue construction and work toward completing the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor's Center project in an 11-7 vote.
The financial management committee meets Friday, April 19, at 8 a.m. in the small meeting room on the third floor of the Cumberland County Courthouse. The public is welcome to attend.