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Repair bids not advertised

The Lamar County commission was forced to reject the lone bid it got for remodeling the tax commissioner’s office. The bid of $23,416 from Barnesville Construction had to be rejected because the county never advertised for the bids. Now, the bidding process must start again. The work includes a desk, new wall and countertops, filing cabinets, repairs to the drive-through, replacement of carpet with laminate flooring and electrical repairs. However, tax commissioner Andrea Anthony called The Herald Gazette soon after the meeting was over to ask about legal advertisements for bid. No record of the ads could be found. ’We need to get that roof up for bid soon, then do the overhead lighting and tile after that. Eventually we’re going to have to redo the parking lot,’ said commission chairman Jay Matthews. Both the fire station and tax office projects will be paid for via current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds, which continue until Sept. 30. The newly approved SPLOST continuance will start Oct. 1. Commissioners also discussed an upcoming sale of surplus items; a list will be completed by May.

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