Columbia Firm Lands $1.08 Million County Infrastructure Contract

WINNSBORO – In a move designed to fit some of the final pieces of infrastructure into place at Fairfield Commerce Center, the future new home of BOMAG Americas, County Council voted 7-0 during their Feb. 24 meeting to award the contract for the installation of wastewater lines in the industrial park to Richardson Construction Co. of Columbia.

The unanimous vote on the $1,084,275 contract came after Council’s executive session and after Council voted to remove Upstate Grading and Engineering (UG&E), of Spartanburg, from consideration. Council voted to consider UG&E a “non-responsive bidder and therefore ineligible to proceed,” after UG&E had failed to provide proof of adequate bonding.

Milton Pope, Interim County Administrator, said that while Richardson was the second-lowest bid, their bid came in well under the original estimate for the project.

The wastewater lines will serve all parcels on the western side of the industrial park, including the site for BOMAG. Lines will also extend to serve the County’s new spec building at the Walter Brown II Industrial Park.

Council also received a list of suggestions for the naming of the road that cuts through the new industrial park, for which Council will vote during their next meeting March 10. Names for consideration are: Pinnacle Point, Summit Parkway, Buena Vista Drive, Meridian Parkway and Commerce Parkway.

During his Administrator’s report, Pope gave Council a brief update on the ongoing postmortem of the collapsed section of retaining wall at Drawdy Park. Pope said the County has, through procurement, solicited an engineering company to assist in the evaluation of the structure and to review information received from S2 on the collapse. Some information is still outstanding, Pope said, but should be available for Council to consider at the March 10 meeting. Once the Drawdy Park collapse has been reviewed, Pope said, the firm will begin the review of S2’s other County structures.

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