If heavy rains washed out culverts on Carter Way, why would we not expect them to wash up the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, aimed barely 500 feet to the west, downstream on Tiger Creek? And why didn’t the county mention that the company to which they just awarded an emergency no-bid contract to fix a private road owns extensive properties on that same private road? Actually, no: see correction.
The Lowndes County Tax Assessors online database shows Cowart & Son own Parcel 0017 024 of 13.09 acres on Carter Way. Yet the item 7.h. Carter Way agenda sheet for yesterday’s 12 April 2016 Regular Session of the Lowndes County Commission. mentions “Over 10 residences and a telecommunications tower” on Carter Way, but never mentions that the contractor, Cowart & Sons, just awarded that emergency no-bid contract for $67,822 to fix culverts on Carter Way, is also located on Carter Way. Actually, Rountree Construction got the contract; see correction. It’s still an emergency no-bid contract for a private road.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM
Regular Meeting (x)
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Recommendation ( )
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SUBJECT: Carter Way Culverts
DATE OF MEETING: April 12, 2016
BUDGET IMPACT $ 67,822
COUNTY ACTION REQUESTED ON: Agreement to Replace Culverts; Bid to Replace Culverts
HISTORY, FACTS AND ISSUES:
Recent heavy rains washed out culverts on Carter Way, a private road in the southwest area of the County near the Withlacoochee River. Over 10 residences and a telecommunications tower are located on the other side of the washed out culverts. The County has obtained the attached bid of $67,822 from Rountree Construction to replace the culverts.
Replacing the culverts will permit EMS, fire, and sheriff vehicle access to the homes and residents on the other side of the culverts and will allow residents and others vehicle access to these homes. It will also allow vehicle access to the telecommunications tower on the other side of the culverts.
Cowart & Sons Development Co., Inc. (“Cowart & Son”) and its CEO Charles Cowart have agreed to accept the new culverts and to be solely responsible for maintaining them and any liability arising out of them and their use and to indemnify the County for any claim or claims against the County arising out of the construction, maintenance, condition, or use of the culverts or the portion of Carter Way over the culverts. The written agreement with Cowart & Sons and Charles Cowart is attached.
OPTIONS: 1. (a) Find replacing the culverts will substantially benefit the County and public,
(b) Approve the letter agreement with Cowart & Sons and Charles Cowart, and
(c) Accept Rountree Construction’s bid of $67,822 subject to Cowart & Sons and Charles Cowart’s executing letter agreement
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Board’s Pleasure
Department Head: [signed Joe Pritchard]
ADMINISTRATIVE COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATION:
[signed Joe Pritchard]
Action Taken By Board:
This item was added to the agenda per request from County Manager Joe Pritchard in the previous morning’s Work Session as:
- Carter Way Culverts
Approval of Agreement to replace culverts
Documents: CARTER WAY CULVERTS.PDF
Pritchard didn’t mention Cowart & Sons owning property on Carter Way then, either.
In this wider area map of Carter Way, you can also see Martin Way, and the Withlacoochee River where Old Quitman Highway deadends at Spook Bridge.
I rotated this Sabal Trail route map to have north towards the top, so you can see the pipeline would emerge from the HDD Withlacoochee River and US 84 drilling south of Old Quitman Highway, then turn sharply, crossing Tiger Creek, and parallelling Martin Lane. Apparently Sabal Trail wants to cross Tiger Creek by open cut, since that crossing is after the emergence from the Horizontal Directional Drilling under the river. What’s to stop heavy rains from washing up the Sabal Trail pipeline just like they just washed out the culverts on Carter Way, barely 500 feet to the east?
Fixing private road Carter Way next to proposed Sabal Trail fracked methane path
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 12 April 2016.