Tippah County road projects ongoing

djournal-tippah-county-stockBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

RIPLEY – The Tippah County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to fire a contractor who hasn’t met terms of the agreement since the contract was awarded in October 2010.

Bain and Sons of Holly Springs was awarded a $525,000 contract to perform grading, drainage, base and paving on just over a mile of County Road 800 in Blue Mountain, said Cook Coggin Engineers President Kent Geno.

Geno recommended to the county board that the contract be terminated because the work should have been completed within 100 working days and work still remains to be done.

“We hope the bonding company will become more involved and hire a reputable contractor to finish the project,” Geno said.

In addition to correcting problems on the state aid road, which hadn’t received attention in several years, Geno said the new contractor would be responsible for meeting obligations of the storm water pollution prevention plan.

“The contractor is supposed to abide by this plan to control erosion and keep silt out of ditches that might enter the waters of the state,” Geno said. “(Bain) still has the responsibility on that contract, so the new contractor will need to bring that back to an acceptable state.”

Geno also reported that a $1.5 million Ripley-to-New Albany railroad project funded by the Mississippi Development Authority, has been completed with about $25,000 to $35,000 of it left.

“We’ve finished those improvements, rehabilitating about 10 bridges and replaced maybe 13 crossings,” Geno said, “and we’re working with the contractor, MDA and the railroad to determine best use of those funds.”

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com