County OKs contract for Francisco work

CLEWISTON — Hendry County commissioners voted June 12 to accept the lowest of five bids and contract with Lynch Paving & Construction Co. Inc. of Okeechobee for the construction of Francisco Street improvements phases one and two in Clewiston for $705,160.

“We’re gonna get our tiger paws!” exclaimed Commissioner Karson Turner about the pavement markings denoting the symbol of the Clewiston High School Tigers, after making a motion to OK the contract. Commissioner Michael Swindle seconded. “It’s not in the contract; (the) Road and Bridge (Department) is going to do it,” Mr. Turner added. “I did it last time,” said Mr. Swindle. “Good. You got the jig for it?” asked Public Works Director Shane Parker. “Someone called and asked me that. I left it with the city,” Mr. Swindle answered.

Phase one of the project had included putting the pawprints on the pavement, but the $19,800 cost for that was removed from the bid because of a shortfall in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation and a slightly higher-than-estimated low bid.

Commissioner Swindle then brought up the future of Hendry County-controlled roads inside Clewiston city limits, which include W.C. Owen Avenue, Francisco Street and Sonora Avenue. “So we’re talking about paving all three of those in the next short period of time, right?” he asked Mr. Parker, who acknowledged those plans.

“W.C. Owen is at 60 percent plans (complete); this contract you’re approving tonight, we’ll get that signed and executed and move forward with it; and then on Sonora, we’ve got to negotiate a contract for design services, but we’ll be paving it shortly,” Mr. Parker answered.

A short board discussion followed. Commissioner Swindle concluded by asking County Attorney Mark Lapp about the possibility of turning the roads over to the City of Clewiston, and he said he’d look into the legalities involved.

“I would just like to officially say that we intend to turn these roads over once they have been paved,” Mr. Swindle said.

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