Quincy commissioners spent last Tuesday evening, November 12th, awarding several contracts for services to the city. Public works director Willie Earl Banks brought forward bids submitted for cutting grass at the city’s parks. While multiple bids were received, he said, only one company submitted a bid to service the city hall and customer services/utilities grounds as well as Tanyard Creek Park.
Those two were re-bid, he said. The board approved a contract with William Houston for the majority of parks and another contract for Tanyard Creek and the city hall and customer services grounds went to FL Industries Group LLC.
Two entities were also given contracts for cleaning of city buildings: Derrick Jackson was awarded the cleaning contract for Net Quincy and Gennie Cleaning Service got the nod for cleaning city hall.
Quincy is currently under a consent order from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to correct excessive inflow and infiltration of water into the city’s sewer collection system that occurs during periods of heavy rainfall.
Part of the necessary corrective action is to perform a Sewer System Evaluation Study (SSES), said Mike Wade, utilities director. This study will include smoke testing, flow monitoring, manhole inspection, flow isolations, dye water testing, light cleaning and closed circuit TV (CCTV) inspections with data analysis. Wade said that smoke testing of the city’s entire sanitary sewer collection system, some 334,015 linear feet, is now complete with a total of 1,130 defects found. System wide, 653 of those, or 58% have been eliminated. The remaining 523 defects still need repair, he said.
Wade said the city advertised for the CCTV services and received ten bid responses. Underground Infrastructure Technologies LLC of Miami entered the lowest bid. The board accepted that bid, which will cost $110,501.
The commission also approved issuing a Request for Quotes for the city’s police and fire pension consulting services at the meeting.
City manager Jack McLean told the commissioners that utilities collections during the months of September and October had exceeded estimates of collections. “This puts us in a more favorable financial situation,” said McLean, and makes cash flow better.
Mayor Keith Dowdell said he had recently learned that the city’s business park doesn’t have site certification. “Once we get it certified, then we can access Enterprise Florida and Opportunity Florida to solicit businesses,” said Dowdell.
Dowdell also said that Tallahassee Community College (TCC), which has been looking for land to place a campus, wants to be on a main thoroughfare. The college has outgrown its Quincy House facility, he said