Carter County fiscal court held a special session last Monday to open bids on gravel, asphalt and paving.

The court moved to approve bids from American Asphalt for material that will be laid by county work crews.

American's bids, at $67.50 per ton for surface material and $62.50 a ton for base, were the lowest submitted. American, however, does not lay asphalt. For asphalt that will be laid by contractor crews, the court moved to accept the bid from Mountain Enterprises, who had the low bid at $91.50 per ton, laid.

The court also moved to accept all gravel bids, because the costs for transport to a location can vary depending on where crews are working. In those cases it may be worth paying slightly more for material if it saves the county in transport costs.

The court also moved to purchase a pneumatic roller for the road department. That piece of equipment can be used for both asphalt and for compacting roads that will receive claycrete treatments. The county will pay $65,280 for that piece of equipment, with 600 hours of use on it. The roller comes as is, with no warranty.

In other action the court moved to approve a disposal agreement with Republic Services and to table discussion and action on detention center wages until the next meeting. Carter County jailer R.W. Boggs had requested permission to increase wages for all jail employees, with all funds to come from his existing budget, at no extra cost to the county.

Magistrates also drew lots for the order of chip and seal on district roadways. Chip and seal will begin in district 5 before moving on the district 1, district 4, district 3, and finally district 2.

Fiscal Court meets again in regular session on Monday, July 8.

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