Commissioners could rescind bridge contract
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
April 09, 2012 01:15 AM | 2553 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA – After redesigning part of a project, the Cobb Board of Commissioners will vote on rescinding its earlier approval of a contract to build a new bridge on Mark Avenue at its Tuesday meeting.

On Feb. 28, the board approved a $246,657 contract with JJE Constructors Inc. of Atlanta to replace a bridge spanning a tributary of Noonday Creek. In a letter to Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, transportation director Faye DiMassimo wrote that the current bridge was closed on Nov. 11, 2011, after the county determined it was in disrepair and soil under the bridge was observed to be settling.

But after the contract was awarded, the county decided to redesign the box culvert to be used in bridge construction, in order to make sure that all construction occurs within county right of way. DiMassimo wrote that this will help the county avoid schedule delays, costly right-of-way acquisitions and potential condemnations.

But after the plan was revised, JJE Constructors informed the county that it couldn’t complete the new job, and asked that its contract be rescinded, DiMassimo wrote.

The Department of Transportation is now recommending that the contract be awarded to Butch Thompson Enterprises Inc. of Kennesaw, which had the second lowest offer during initial bidding. The company has agreed to

complete the revised job at its original bidding price of $248,565. The project includes $211,583 for roadway costs and $36,982 for water system costs.

The project is expected to take 75 calendar days after the contractor gets a notice to proceed.

Efforts to reach DiMassimo were not successful.

Commissioners will also vote on making several board appointments, including eight to the Cobb Workforce Investment Board. Kimberly Roberts, Lance Streetman, N’Jeri Bell, Jennifer Scully, Brooks Mathis, Daneea Badio, Gloria Kusmik and Patricia E. Kellner are up to join the board, which has over 30 members.

According to its website, the board has numerous duties, including establishing and promoting economic development policies that “improve the social and economic life of the county and surrounding region;” forging collaborations between businesses, unions, elected officials, government and community groups to work on workforce issues and assisting in creating economic development and workforce development strategies.

“It’s a huge board,” Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said.
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JR in Mableton
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April 10, 2012
I call my district engineer at Cobb DOT. He is very knowledgable and helpful.
KSUsed
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April 10, 2012
No....nothing is worse that Lee's election....
TIC
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April 09, 2012
DiMassimo hasn't been "reachable" by anyone except the CID's and the Chamber since she came to work for Cobb County.

Could be the worst thing to happen to Cobb since Tim Lee was elected.
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