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May 10, 2013

Paving, sidewalk contracts approved

TK Concrete has been awarded the paving and sidewalk contracts for 2013-14, following action taken at Monday’s regular Knoxville City Council meeting.

The council budgeted $200,000 for small paving projects around the City. TK’s bid was for approximately $184,000 and was the low bid. Only two were received, and the other was for $188,000.

Councilor Tim Pitt asked Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik to share with the council all bids received. The council has a policy of awarding contracts to local contractors, if their bid is more costly than another contractor, if the difference is within a percentage. According to Pitt, local contractors have submitted bids within these guidelines, but their bids were not presented to council for consideration. Feik said he would be glad to share all bids with council and suggested tabling the award of the paving contract to give local bidders more time to make an offer.

TK was the only bidder for the sidewalk contract. Council budgeted $140,000 for the next fiscal year for this work, and $70,000 remains leftover in the current fiscal year. TK bid $209,000 and will cover the east side of Highway 14, the north side of Pleasant Street and will begin immediately.

Other council notes:

• Approved Christopher Des Planques as a member of the Knoxville Police Department Reserves.

• Approved special event applications for Knoxville Farmers’ Market, Knoxville Noon Kiwanis and the Knoxville Fireworks Foundation.

• Council discussed the sale of property at 201 West Montgomery, but no action was taken. The City has received an offer $13,500 for the property. The City acquired this land by purchasing the house and demolishing it. This was not included in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant spending. A public hearing is expected at a future meeting. The hearing is required before the sale can take place.

• Approved the second reading of code amendments regarding nuisances.

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