County to seek contractor bids

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After being reminded about county purchasing policies at its last meeting, the Madison County Commissioner’s Court will now seek proposals for a general contract to oversee repairs to county property.

At its last meeting, the county tabled a request to approve an agreement with Clint Carroll to provide assessments and repairs to county buildings caused by Hurricane Harvey.

County Judge C.E. McDaniel said at that meeting that Carroll has acting as general contractor and had been tasked with being liaison with the county’s insurance carriers.

However, County Auditor Toni Joyner reminded commissioners that purchasing procedures needed to be followed.

On Monday, the request for bids was submitted.

“We had this come up, and the auditor advised we advertise and get three bids,” McDaniel said.

Commissioner Thomas Collard asked if something can be done in the meantime to deal with holes in the old elementary school, perhaps putting a tarp on it while waiting for a bid to be approved.

“It’s just going to get worse,” he said.

There was no response as to that, other than to say that the general contractor would be the one to look into it.

The item was approved unanimously.

In other business, the county:

•approved the creation of a private road and naming it Gaylor Ranch Lane;

•approved appointing Madisonville Mayor Bill Parten as a director for the Mid-East Texas Groundwater Conservation District; and

•approved an application for a grant to provide indigent defense services within the county.

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