Franklin County commissioners OK bid for road rock

By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City HeraldMarch 27, 2013 

A recent bid for materials that looked significantly higher than an engineer's estimate was just a temporary bump in the road for Franklin County's plans to seal pavement cracks this summer.

Franklin commissioners on Wednesday heard that the $82,000 estimate for 8,150 tons of the product known as "aggregate for bituminous surface treatment" -- or road rock -- didn't account for the delivery cost. The rock is one ingredient in the sealant used to repair county roads in the county's chip seal program.

County Engineer Matt Rasmussen explained that the estimate was based on last year's prices -- and last year, the county picked up the rock at the quarry and trucked it back to Franklin County because it saved money.

But this year an analysis showed the county would be better off financially having the rock delivered to two locations in the county, Rasmussen said.

"We have determined this is a very good price," Rasmussen said of the $135,000 bid from American Rock Products of Richland, which was the lowest of the two received.

Commissioners Rick Miller and Brad Peck agreed unanimously to accept the bid. Commissioner Bob Koch was absent.

Also Wednesday, commissioners voted to:

-- Award a $15,000 contract to Catholic Family & Child Service for programs that help homeless families.

-- Award a $188,000, three-year contract to Apollo Mechanical Contractors of Kennewick for maintenance of environmental systems in county buildings.

-- Allow non-union county employees to take five additional paid days off in 2013 in lieu of cost-of-living raises or increases in benefits this year. Human Resources Director Rosie Rumsey told the Herald that employees won't be able to bank those days or be paid for them if they leave county employment this year, but that commissioners wanted to show appreciation for their work in light of the lack of raises.

-- Michelle Dupler: 582-1543; mdupler@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @mduplertch

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