The Columbia City Council held a brief special called meeting Tuesday where they opened sealed bids for paving work to be completed on 14 city streets. Only one bid was submitted, from Gaddie Shamrock, and the council accepted the bid after a short discussion centered on grant funds. The bid for paving all 14 streets was $189,323.
“We’ve already received one grant for roughly $39,000,” said Mayor Curtis Hardwick. “But we are hopeful to receive another $40,000 and that would put the project’s cost at around $109,000.”
Currently, the city has approximately $200,00 for street paving but council members fear that rising oil prices could cause the price to rise if they had decided to not accept the bid and re-advertise.
“I know the price is high but the price of eggs go up every day too,” said council member Ronald “Butch” Rogers.
The council accepted the bid and the meeting was adjourned.
All members of the city council were in attendance with the exception of Linda Waggener. City attorney Dustin Warren was also absent from the meeting.