County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock hopes making some changes in his materials and suppliers will lead to a better road for motorists next year.

“We’re going to try something different this year with our chip and seal program,” Blaylock told the county finance committee Tuesday morning. “The last few years, we’ve had a problem with our chip and seal.”

Chip and seal combines crushed stone with oil to form a road surface. But Blaylock said the road department had found the mixture wasn’t sticking well the past couple of years.

“The roads were sticking. There were loose chips. It just wasn’t working,” Blaylock said. “Last year, I shut it down and got our rock vendor up here.”

The department had about approximately 3,500 tons of crushed stone on their lot. But the stone was “dusty,” Blaylock said.

The vendor hauled the stone away, washed it and returned it, all at their cost, he said.

“It still was not working,” Blaylock said.

In reviewing bids for the coming year, Blaylock recommended changing the vendor for the 1/2-inch chip material to Franklin Industrial Minerals in Crab Orchard, which bid $13 per ton, $3 higher than Rogers Group from the Monterey quarry. 

“On a 20-ton load, you’re looking at $60,” Blaylock said. “We’ve been driving to Monterey to get these chips. If you look at putting a driver in these trucks and wear and tear on the truck, it’s going to eat that $60 up real quick.”

For oil,  Blaylock recommended Hudson Materials Co. out of Chattanooga for a CRS-2 oil blend at a cost of $2.1193 per unit, with a 30-cent mixing fee. The oil blend is more expensive than other blends, but Blaylock said it was supposed to work better with chip and stone that were not as clean. 

The company was also awarded the bid for Enviropatch material.

“I want to try this new procedure,” Blaylock said.

Rogers Group Crab Orchard Plant was awarded the bid for asphalt, though their bid is about $14 higher per ton than last year, Blaylock noted.

Rogers Group was the only company to submit a bid.

Blaylock has budgeted about $400,000 for chip and seal paving in the 2019-’20 budget and about $1.2 million for asphalt paving. 

In other bids, Blaylock recommended accepting the following bids:

•Cumberland Guardrail in Pikeville for guardrails

•Volunteer Highway Supply Inc. of Knoxville for highway marking and striping

•The Feed Store of Crossville for high-density polyethylene pipe and culverts

•Rogers Group for 33c crusher run and 3030-01 pug stone

•Rocky Ridge Custom Crushing of Crossville for rip rap stone

•Cargill Deicing Technology of North Olmsted, OH

The committee also approved a bid of $32,964.30 for a new UniCarriers forklift for the recycling center.

The company also offered a $300 trade in for the old forklift, which has a nonfunctioning motor and transmission.

Charles Seiber, 4th District commissioner, moved to accept the low bid but to keep the old forklift and attempt to sell it online or for scrap. The motion was supported by Jack Davis, 5th District commissioner, and unanimously approved. 

The committee also approved sending Henrietta Kerley and Sheila Caldwell to the 2019 National Symposium on Sex Offender Management and Accountability in Chicago in July. The committee must approve any out-of-state travel, and the county will pay for lunch, dinner, flight, parking and other expenses for the three-day trip.

Heather Mullinix is editor of the Crossville Chronicle. She covers schools and education in Cumberland County. She may be reached at hmullinix@crossville-chronicle.com.