BOCC approves MOU for Americus Ditch repairs

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM.

He said his company had a limited inspection responsibility for the project, reflected in the reduced costs for engineering and inspection serviced offered on the project.

Rish also noted that while Preble Rish had been subject to the ongoing BOCC discussions pertaining to Americus Ditch, there had been little talk about the contractor on the job.

Bryan disagreed with several points, particularly about the responsibility of the county’s engineer for the project.

“Preble Rish was responsible for the engineering and inspection of the project,” Bryan said, adding that no language in the contract indicates the responsibility for inspections was “limited.” “They represented the county. Every taxpayer in the county is footing the bill for this project.”

Bryan attempted to continue the discussion but was ruled out of order by Commission chair Ward McDaniel.

Before relinquishing the floor, she noted that she had still not received answers to a series of questions about the project which had been placed in the public information packet months back only to be pulled by vote of the full board.

Commissioners Tan Smiley and Carmen McLemore said they were ready to move ahead with the MOU, McLemore adding that it would not be a surprise of Preble Rish pulled its offer.

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