For Columbia County, the third time trying to purchase a new motor grader seems to be the charm.
A bid on a new motor grader was approved by the Columbia County Com-munity and Emergency Ser-vices committee Tuesday.
The grader had been bid twice previously with low bids rejected because specifications on delivered equipment did not match those bid. Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said overly detailed bids and features changing from one model year to another were the reason for rebidding the grader.
“It came down to things folding and not sliding, things like that,” she said. “So what we did was eliminate a lot of that specificity.”
The successful bid of $167,800 by ASC Con-struction equipment on a Volvo G930B grader was $27,200 less than the county had budgeted.
“It took a long time but I think we got it right,” Tucker said.
Also presented at the meeting was a progress report and rough timeline for the formation of the new Columbia/Warren/Lincoln County library district in July. All three counties currently are part of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System. Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith said the next step is to appoint a transitional board that can lay the groundwork for the new system before a permanent board is appointed and takes over. “We want this to be amicable from the start,” he said. “We want everyone to be happy.”
Other items discussed included renewing a contract with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra for a four concert series in Columbia County, moving the scheduled Oakley Bass Tournament from October to March when lake levels should be higher, and approving a contract for the 3v3 Regional Soccer Tournament, a 100 team event, in June.