The Cumberland County Finance Committee approved bids for food service for the county's school system as well as bids for the purchase of materials for the county's highway department.

The food service bids are for the 2012-'13 school year.

For the main food and non-food supplies, the low bid was submitted was by Institutional Wholesale Company (IWC) for $913,556. Also bidding was Gordon Food Service at $914,921.

For chemicals and janitorial supplies, the low bid was also submitted by Institutional Wholesale Company (IWC) at $52,619. Also bidding was Gordon Food Service at $72,598.

Institutional Wholesale Company (IWC) was also chosen for 100 percent, four ounce juice cartons, chocolate drink, juices, flavored water, purified water, flavored drinks, tea bags, juice boxes, cappuccino and drink mix packs.

Coca-Cola Enterprises was chosen for 12 ounce juice bottles, bottled water, flavored water, sports drinks, diet sports drinks, various juice drinks, Minute Maid juice boxes and peach and black cherry 12 ounce cans.

Calico Industries, Inc. was chosen for dinnerware with a low bid of $25,210. Ka-Tom Restaurant also submitted a bid of $26,785.

The bids were recommended in a letter to the finance committee by Kathy Hamby, school nutrition supervisor.

The food service bids were approved after a motion by Cumberland County Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle. VanWinkle's motion was supported by Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner.

Bid contracts for waste pick-up and disposal, milk, bread, fresh produce, frozen beverage and ice cream were all renewed for the 2012-'13 school year with no price increases.

Bids for paving and paving material for the Cumberland County Highway Department were also approved during the meeting.

Highways, Inc. Crossville Plant was approved for low bids for "In Place" C-Material at $76.80 per ton, $88.80 for Grade D Mix and 307-BM-Hotmix. Rogers Group Crab Orchard Plant was awarded the low bid for "In Place" CW-Hotmix at $78.75 per ton.

County Highway Superintendent Scott Blaylock said "In Place" CW-Hotmix was what he used for approximately 80 percent of the hotmix asphalt paving in the county. Highways, Inc. bid $81.80 per ton.

The remaining bids were awarded to Highways, Inc. Crossville Plant for "At Plant" C-Material at $66 per ton, Grade D-Mix at $74 per ton, CW-Hotmix at $68 per ton and 307-BM-Hotmix at $64 per ton.

The bids were awarded after a motion to approve was made by Hyder and supported by VanWinkle.

In the crushed stone category Dunlap Stone in Pikeville was awarded the bid for 3/8 inch stone at $10 per ton. There were no other bidders.

For half-inch stone, the low bid was submitted by Monterey Limestone at $8.50 per ton. Franklin Industrial Minerals of Crab Orchard submitted a bid of $9 per ton and Blaylock said he would like the committee to approve both bids.

"It's cheaper for me to get it from Crab Orchard than hauling all the way from Monterey, but I'd like to have them as a back up," Blaylock said.

"I agree and I'll make a motion to accept, but we got to get these guys down on the prices and try to work with the county. I mean, the county's gotten them millions of dollars over the past several years for that rail line through the Railroad Authority. It would be nice for them to help the county out a little," Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner said.

Harvel was referring to a transportation grant that flows through the county budget to Franklin Industrial Minerals for maintenance and upgrades on a railway line that Franklin uses.

Harvel moved to accept bids from both Franklin and Monterey Limestone. Both companies also submitted bids on 33C crusher run stone with Monterey bidding $5.75 per ton and Franklin at $6.25 per ton.

Harvel's motion was supported by Hyder and unanimously approved.

Also approved were bids for replacement guardrail from Cumberland Guardrail of Pikeville for various sizes of guardrail at $20.50, $17, $575, and $2,300 per linear foot, depending on the size.

Bids for guardrail were also approved from Sentinel Construction of Franklin, TN at $2,000 and $590 per linear foot, depending on the size of guardrail.

The bids were approved unanimously after a motion by VanWinkle. The motion was supported by Harvel.

Paint striping on county roadways was approved at a rate of $400 per linear mile, per stripe. The bid was submitted by England Striping of Crossville.

"This was the only bid submitted, but they have kept the rate at the same for the past several years for the county," Blaylock said.

It was approved after a motion by Harvel. It was supported by VanWinkle.

Metal pipe culverts were also approved per foot at a rate of $11.12 for 15-inch; $13.28 for 18-inch; $17.72 for 24-inch; $22.39 for 30-inch; $26.53 for 36-inch; $31 for 42-inch; and $35.46 for 48-inch. The low bid was submitted by The Feed Store of Crossville.

HDPE piping was also approved per foot at a rate of $5.37 for 15-inch; $7.32 for 18-inch; $12.20 for 24-inch; $17.20 for 30-inch;  $22.87 for 36-inch; $33.60 for 42-inch; and $36.46 for 48-inch.

Pipe and culverts were approved after a motion by Harvel. The motion was supported by Harry Sabine, 1st District commissioner.

Bids for road oil were accepted and approved from Hudson Materials of Chattanooga. They were the sole bidder with rates at $2.33 for AE-P; $2.33 for RS-2; $2.36 for CRS-2; $2.53 for AE-3; and $3.41 for Enviropatch. The rates are priced per gallon and were approved after a motion by VanWinkle. The motion was supported by Harvel.

"Are these fair prices?" Hyder asked.

"Oil is up about 32-cents a gallon, so they are about as fair as we can get," Blaylock said.

"It's not up too much," Harvel said.

The last bid approved for the county highway department was for salt at a rate of $83.04 per ton, delivered from the Morton Salt Company of Chicago, IL.

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