Lee County Commissioners approve low paving bid

LEESBURG — Prior to a called joint meeting of the Lee County, Leesburg and Smithville governments to discuss distribution of local-option sales taxes collected in the county, the Lee County commission held a special called meeting to award a contract on a road-paving project.

After hearing a report from Planning and Engineering Director Bob Alexander, commissioners voted to approve the $112,255.28 low bid of Reeves Construction Co. for the paving of David Road in the southeastern portion of the county.

“Our project engineer with EMC Engineering feels that the apparent low bidder — Reeves Construction — meets all qualifications for this project,” Alexander said. “I therefore recommend that we accept the bid.”

Alexander said Oxford Construction Co. had submitted a $123,322.10 bid.

Also at the meeting, commissioners approved a contract with the Georgia Department of Corrections for a six-person prison inmate/detainee work detail that is used by the county.

The inmates, who generally are assigned to the county’s Public Works department, are incarcerated at Lee State Prison, located in the county.

County Clerk Christi Dockery said $39,500 is allocated in the county’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget for the cost of a correctional officer to supervise the inmates.

County Administrator Tony Massey said the contract is renewed by the county annually.