Phelps County Commissioners Thursday awarded a contract to CSE Enterprises Inc. to replace the outdoor concrete steps at the main entrance to the county courthouse.
CSE was the only company to submit a bid for the work. The contractor originally submitted a bid of $12,000 to replace the steps, but after Mark Brookshire, county facilities manager, spoke with a company representative about replacing the handrails, CSE added $914.25 for the handrail work, for a total bid of $12,914.25. That is how much the county will pay CSE.
The county will directly pay for the concrete to be used, which amounts to about $1,587, according to County Clerk Carol Bennett.
CSE stated in its original bid that it would have the work done by June 1, but the revised bid with the handrails stated that the contractor would need a two-week extension.
The company’s bid now is higher than the first time CSE bid on the project last year. In early November 2012, the commission sought bids for the project and CSE was the only contractor to submit a bid then, too. At that time, CSE’s bid was $9,990.
Brookshire said he wanted to wait until after winter for the concrete work and because the bids sought in the fall had a timeframe that had passed, the county decided to seek bids again.
Also at the Thursday meeting, Bennett said that an application was made to the state for the county to receive $108,506 that, if approved, could be applied toward their soft match of Bridge Replacement Off-System (BRO) funds from a bridge project on County Road 3610 near Boys & Girls Town of Missouri east of St. James.
The commission Thursday also approved an amended contract with Show Me Health Women that increases the amount by $1,500, Bennett said.
Earlier this week, the commission continued discussion of replacing windows at the courthouse. County officials say some of the windows, especially on the south side of the courthouse, have become discolored and there is condensation and leakage issues with the windows.