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Vernon makes switch in contractors


Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford

Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford



David Miller/Special to The Dispatch



VERNON, Ala. -- The City of Vernon's industrial park infrastructure work will be performed by a new construction company. 


The Vernon City Council unanimously approved a resolution to contract Cornerstone Civil Contractors, LLC, of Tuscaloosa to perform road and sewer construction at the city's industrial park, where the park's first tenant, K & S Lumber is slated to open a sawmill in late July. 


Just two weeks ago, the board had contracted Burton Builders, of Belmont, Miss., under the condition that the company would secure a license to perform municipal city work in the State of Alabama, for $78,286. 


Kurt Hankins, engineer for Goodwin, Mills and Caywood, of Vernon, recommended the new bid for $94,808.75 be awarded to Cornerstone, which submitted the lowest bid. Hankins said the bid and bidder met all the specifications before recommending a resolution to approve Cornerstone's bid. 


Burton had previously agreed to secure certification, but the company could not obtain a license in a timely manner and asked for its bid to be withdrawn. 


Mayor Glenn Crawford said the re-bidding will have little bearing on K & S' target date to begin business. Crawford said contractors will begin pouring cement Thursday, while the mill's equipment will be installed over the next two weeks. 


In other business: 


■ The council voted to re-open a bid for city sewer and road work due to the prices in materials and services increasing $96,000. The council secured a $350,000 grant that required matching funds from the city for a total cost of $474,000. The city would have to absorb the additional $96,000; the council voted unanimously to place the project on hold until 2015. 


■ The council voted unanimously to table a request for a one-time bonus for former Vernon city employees. The letter was submitted by the Alabama Retired State Employees' Association. A sliding scale formula for the one-time payment would be $300 or $2 a month for retirees who worked longer than 10 years. Crawford said he needed to meet with authorities at the water department before the council could make a decision. 


■ The council tabled a request to donate money to the Special Olympics program at the Vernon School System. Kathy Heatherly, on behalf of the program, requested the council donate to a T-shirt project that will cost $750.00 for 150 shirts. The matter was tabled, as Crawford was unsure of the legality of such a donation. He said he'll explore the possibility of donating directly to the school and asked council members to donate $10.00 to the program to help start the program.




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