Supervisors open proposals for jail surveillance, waste|[5/27/05]

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 27, 2005

Two proposals for a television surveillance system for the Warren County jail and three for disposal of hazardous waste were opened Thursday by Warren County Supervisors.

Purchasing Agent Tonga Vinson presented the board at its weekly informal meeting with the proposals submitted by Access Control Group of Pearl and Access Technology Group of Ridgeland for the new 58-camera surveillance system for the jail.

They received proposals from Care Environmental Corp. of Landing, N.J., Pollution Control Enterprises of East Chicago, Ind., and Clean Harbor Environmental Services of Braintree, Mass., to dispose of the hazardous waste that will be collected during a countywide collection day tentatively scheduled for June 25.

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Vinson received permission several months ago to take the offers on the two projects in the form of proposals instead of bids. She said the process is used when a government does not know exactly what is needed to accomplish an objective because it can use the professional expertise possessed by the companies making proposals to come up with the best deal.

Since the offers are proposals, the process also allows the county to negotiate with the companies to achieve the best price for the service. Because of that, Vinson said she cannot release the amounts of the offers until they are evaluated and the negotiations are complete.

She will return to the board with recommendations next week, she said.

In other business, supervisors met with Mary and Everett Dixon of Redhawk Road about paving Dusty Road.

Redhawk Road is a short road located off Dusty Road south of the Purks YMCA that is partly within the city limits of Vicksburg and partly outside. Dusty Road is wholly outside the city limits off Berryman Road and is the only way to reach Redhawk Road.

The Dixons said they have been complaining about the condition of Dusty Road for years without any relief.

“In my opinion we need to pave this road as soon as possible,” said District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon, noting the decision will have to be made based on the availability of funds.

Before the meeting with the Dixons, Lynn Wolfe of ABMB Engineers, told the board Dusty Road was about 0.69 mile long and the cost estimate for paving is $69,500.

Replying to a request from Selmon for a commitment to pave the road, Board President and District 1 Supervisor David McDonald, in whose district Redhawk Road is located, said he would not commit to a specific schedule because the county will not know how much, if any, money will be available until after bids are opened on another project to pave short gravel roads.