negotiate annex project
The Ripley County Commissioners negotiated the contract for construction
manager service with Construction Control Inc. (CCI) at the regular
meeting on Monday, April 18. CCI will manage the annex construction
Several points of the contract concerned the commissioners and
each was individually discussed. Joe Hoffman, CCI, noted that
changes to language in the contract could interfere with the other
contracts between the architect or contractors It was written
in this way so that the contractors complete the work according
to specs, he said.
County attorney John Ertel noted that some of the language in
the contract regarding costs due to delays is vague. He argued
that delays are not the fault of the county, but rather the contractor
and the contract should note that contractors are responsible
for those costs and to be paid to the county.
Ertel reminded Hoffman that the county is relying on the companys
expertise to ensure that not only the lowest bidder, but the most
reliable bidder is hired. The agreed upon changes will be made
to the contract before it is signed.
Patty Jackson, Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission,
requested permission to provide information on an owner occupied
rehabilitation program to residents of Ripley County who are 55
or older or disabled with low income.
Jackson explained that the program will provide funds to a homeowner
to make repairs to their home. The individual homeowners will
not receive the money, but rather the funds will be distributed
through SIRPC to the contractors.
Those interested in applying for the program can contact SIRPC
for more information at 812-689-5505. The commissioners unanimously
approved the request to provide this service.
In other business:
The commissioners were provided information regarding the
reverse auction where the bidding process for goods and services
are obtained similar to an auction process, which would ensure
the lowest bid according to the specs required by the customer.
According to John House, Electronic Auction Services, the vendor
would pay all fees and transaction fees.
The commissioners will hear presentations from health insurance
companies at the May 2 meeting.
The commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of
two scanners for the clerks office.
All commissioners were in attendance. The next meeting will be
on Monday, May 2 beginning at 7 a.m. at the county highway garage
in Osgood and reconvening at the courthouse annex in Versailles
at 8 a.m.