Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 30, 2013

County OKs bids for county recycling and solar projects

By Gary Nelson
Senior staffwriter

CROSSVILLE — Bids for a new building at the Cumberland County Recycling Center and a solar package at the Community Complex were approved by the county's financial management committee last week.

A low bid of $42,700 submitted by Steve Bolin Construction of Crossville was approved for a steel building with concrete floor for the county's recycling project. The building will be used for the county's new single-stream recycling project.

"It did come in higher than what we had budgeted, but the budget committee approved an amendment to cover that," Mike Harvel 7th District commissioner, said.

Harvel also works for the county in the solid waste/recycling department.

The building was originally budgeted for $30,000.

The budget committee and Cumberland County Commission approved a $12,000 budget amendment to allow for increased cost of a building to house the single-stream recycling program at the recycling center.

Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner, moved to accept the low bid of $42,700 and it was unanimously approved. Harvel abstained from the vote.

Other bids submitted for the building included $49,421 by LeGare Construction of Crossville; $59,912.88 by Hercon Construction of Crossville; and $59,079 by Plateau Construction.

The committee also approved a low bid of $29,920 by Zuercher Electric Company/Simple Energy Works of Crossville for a solar package at the Cumberland County Community Complex.

Community Complex Manager Donnie Moody recommended accepting the bid and it was unanimously approved after a motion to accept was made by Scott Blaylock, Cumberland County Road superintendent.

Other bids submitted included $33,800 by Top Quality Environmental of Crossville; and $36,930 by Lightwave Solar of Antioch, TN.

The project is being funded by a grant that requires a 10 kilowatt system.

The solar package at the Community Complex is estimated to generate 12,808 kWh of energy that will be sold for about $2,433 each year.