By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News
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The awarded bid was the same amount as Lakeside’s supply contract for hot-mix asphalt in 2012. It was nearly $16,000 below the engineer’s estimate of $660,427.
“We get this quote from them every year, and they supply as much as we need,” County Engineer Ross Tyler explained.
The county uses the asphalt to repave and repair portions of its 500-mile road system.
Although the county is required to bid out the supply contract every year, Lakeside Industries is the only producer in the area.
“They’re the ones that always get it,” Tyler said.
“They’re the only game in town.”
A separate bid will go out for paving the Olympic Discovery Trail in the Sol Duc Valley this summer, county Public Works Administrative Director Bob Martin told commissioners before they awarded the bid Tuesday.
Commissioners also approved a request for proposals for a grant-funded survey of on-site septic-system owners.
The county will use the results to gauge public opinion on septic-system inspections, Environmental Health Director Andy Brastad said Monday.
“I’m thinking it’s going to be a phone survey,” he said.
“We’re hoping to hire a person or a firm that has some experience on these things.”
Proposals are due Feb. 26.
The name of the survey was changed from “homeowner behavioral survey” at the suggestion of Commissioner Mike Doherty.
“Sometimes, bumper stickers matter,” Commissioner Jim McEntire said.
Parents as Teachers
In other board action, commissioners signed a $91,812 agreement with First Step Family Support Center for a program called Parents as Teachers, which supports a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development from conception to kindergarten, according to its website, www.parentsasteachers.org.
Commissioners also amended a contract with First Step reducing the term of Parents as Teachers from two years to 18 months, with a new maximum of $135,680.
“Same subject,” McEntire said, “but these are just two successive years of contracts that kind of abut each other.”
Clallam County Treatment Coordinator Jude Anderson said the funding will support 30 to 40 low income families.
First Step provides support and education to Clallam County families to promote the healthy development of children and families.
Commissioners also granted a perpetual easement to the city of Port Angeles for the relocation of a 20-inch water main at the county maintenance shop off Lauridsen Boulevard.
Relocation of the water main was in the interest of both parties, Martin has said.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.