Monday, August 06, 2007

WHEN YOU COME TO A ROCKY FORK IN THE ROAD--TAKE IT! TAKE THE LOWEST BIDDER, SO SAYS NOLENSVILLE BOARD?









Rocky Fork Realignment set to begin
with project awarded to lowest bidder
despite some aldermen's reservations!
Board members wondered if the lowest
bidder by $30,000 could do the job by
in just 90-days or by November 2007?

"Cheaper is not always the best," Vice-
Mayor Dugger said. "Who do we feel
comfortable with and who have we heard
good stories about?"

Question? How come board couldn't find
a local in-state contractor to bid on the job?

Notice! new blogger research reveals
Mountain States the contractor who was
the lowest
bidder is located in Mt. Juliet, TN.

They are well known in Tennessee and
have a good record. The 90-day deadline
still seems a very short amount of time
when there are many unknowns i.e.--sink-
holes, buried
major water mains and an
endangered species of crayfish in the creek?


Could it be that local experienced road
builders and "bridge builders" know that
the job cannot be done in 90-days so they
didn't bid on the project?

Question? What member of the board and
or the Mayor and town's legal counsel are
experienced in writing a binding contract
to build a new road and bridge in 90 days
for almost one and a half million dollars?
NONE YOU SAY? YOU DECIDE?

Question? Who ever heard of Mountain
States Contractors? Vice-Mayor Dugger
said they didn't know much about them.
NO HOMEWORK DONE HERE?

Question? When Mountain States Con-
tractors called in and asked asked if the
town was "serious" about the 90-day
completion date after they submited
their bid?" NO SIRENS..NO RED FLAGS?
NO BODY REALLY WORRIED?

Question? What happens when this
contractor fails to build the road
and bridge in 90 days? What are the fines
for missing the deadline? What happens
if the contractor packs up his tools and
leaves the project half done? Well the
consultants the Mayor has hired should
be held responsible since they studied all
of the bids and recommended Mountain
States.

Question? What happens to the already
overloaded traffic? What will be the route
around the construction? Will Rocky
Fork be open to traffic at all during the
construction? How do 900 new students
at the new school on Rocky Fork get
back and forth to school?

Question? The $30,000 savings may very
well be spent anyway in missed deadlines,
construction delays due to circumstances
above and beyond the contractors control.

Bottom Line--Nolensville "still" needs a full-
time 24/7 town executive manager qualified
to write contracts, hire/fire people, deal with
attorneys for developers and elected board
members and Mayor. This kind of qualified
person will save Nolensville thousands of
dollars. There is still time to hire one!





2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traffic at Nolensville road and Clovercroft is a mess. I know I have to travel thru that corner to get to work aat 6:30 am. There is no alternative route...so how many local police will direct traffic?
Just another example of very poor traffic planning by this bunch of unqualified planners in town hall.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something is not right about this allowed horrible traffic Plan.

The talk in Franklin City is the need for a connector road from the new McEWEN 65 Cool Springs interchange through Nolensville, like the old Sam Ridley plan.
The pressure is on for a new Road Plan
I say... To little to late plan is now what we are living with.

7:55 AM  

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