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County to seek new bids for fuel prices

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Vendors will be asked to re-bid for a contract with county government to supply gasoline and diesel fuel at the pump.

At their weekly meeting on Monday in the Court House Annex, 25 W. Polk St., the Shelby County Commissioners voted to request the new bids.

Commissioner Kevin Nigh (R-Center District) said the Shelby County Co-op, which now holds the at-the-pump fuel contract, had sent a letter asking the board to continue with the fuel prices it’s offering this year.

“That’s not acceptable,” Nigh said, just to roll over the current fuel charge. 

After discussing the issue with the commissioners’ attorney, John C. DePrez IV, the board decided to ask for new fuel bids. 

A legal notice of the request is to be advertised and the bids received at an upcoming meeting of the commissioners.

In other matters, Nigh said the commissioners received a letter from Brad Henry, who lives on Brandywine Road, saying that a large truck carrying items for construction of the POET Biorefining-Shelbyville LLC ethanol plant had damaged his property.

“He did get off the road with that over-sized vehicle,” said Nigh.

Brandywine Road is west of Tom Hession Drive which the POET traffic is supposed to use. Both of those roads run south from County Road 400 North, also known as Fairland Road, to CR 300 North.

The POET property is located at 2373 W 300 N, which is on CR 300 North about one mile west of Interstate 74, northwest of Shelbyville. It’s unclear why the truck driver was on Brandywine Road. The commissioners made no formal decision on the matter.

In addition, the commissioners approved a request by Sheriff Dennis Parks to dispose of about 100 Glock service pistols.

Parks said the used guns are roughly 10 years old and would be returned to Glock for new department-issued sidearms at a trade-in cost of $9,990.

“It’s a good deal,” he said.

Also, the commissioners approved a 1-year contract for the sheriff with Atlas Business Solutions for scheduling software at a cost of $2,043.

The board also approved a utility request from E. Square Electric LLC to install a service line at CR 10911 N 600 E in Morristown.