Deed accepted, bidders pre-qualified on new fire station

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 2:20pm
By: Ben Nelms

The eventual construction of Coweta County’s new Fire Station #9 moved a step closer to reality Aug. 4 as county commissioners approved the warranty deed on the property at Corinth and Bohannon roads and authorized a list of pre-qualified bidders for the project.

“We’re excited about getting started and we can’t get started until we get the land,” Coweta Fire Chief Johnny Teeters told commissioners. “There has been a lot of time and effort working with the architect and we’re working pretty fast now.”

And county commissioners agreed, voting to accept the limited warranty deed on the 4-acre property on Corinth Road at the Bohannon Road intersection.

The permitted use specified on the deed requires that the property can be used only for fire, police or sheriff’s operations.

Next up on the agenda came the approval to accept a list of eight construction companies as pre-qualifiers for the upcoming bid process on the fire station.

Commissioners were told that the selection committee had reviewed 15-17 companies and had arrived at a list of eight to be pre-qualified as potential bidders. The committee rated the submissions on criteria such as stability, a history of similar work projects, company financial statements and proximity to the county.

Prior to the vote to pre-qualify the top eight submissions, Commissioner Rodney Brooks noted that only one of the top eight were Coweta companies, adding that he felt other local companies that had not made it through the pre-qualification process should be able to submit bids even if that necessitated the creation of a Top 9 or Top 10 list.

After some discussion on the issue the board, citing the work done by the selection committee, decided to hold potential bidders to the list of eight.

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