Cause for pause
The Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a bid contract with Barnhill Contracting Co. to move forward with the construction of a new Davidson County Sheriff’s Office during their regular June 24 meeting.
Although the bid was approved, its approval is conditional upon further review of an additional $60,000 in fixed fees in the final contract that were not included in the original request for proposal. The unexpected expense gave Commissioner Steve Jarvis cause for pause, and his concern was requited by other board members.
All six commissioners voted in favor of approving the project, but will discuss the discrepancy with its facilities committee and could possibly address it during a July 17 informational meeting.
“I don’t find the [$60,000] reflected,” Jarvis said. “It may be that they’ve got an additional number that they’ve put in there, or two or three additional numbers. But without a breakdown, it doesn’t add up.”
With a satisfactory explanation for the additional $60,000, the new office at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 East and County School Road will go ahead as planned. If, however, the $60,000 remains unaccounted for, progress will halt.
Jarvis said he is in favor of the construction of a new sheriff’s office and anxiously awaits the explanation so that the construction can begin. All of the commissioners and Dan Pruitt, senior project manager at Barnhill Contracting Co., are anticipating construction to begin in either late July or early August.
Time is of the essence, according to Pruitt. Making a presentation to the board during the meeting, Pruitt addressed concerns on waiting too much longer to begin.
“We cannot wait until [the fall],” Pruitt said of the looming precipitation which seems imminent during the fall and winter seasons. “I consider this a state-of-the-art project, and we want to work with you.”
Pruitt said Sheriff David Grice is agreeable to the design of the project and is also ready to move forward with plans.
A bidding process was engaged to determine low bidders from the area to help with various aspects of the sheriff’s office.
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