City Council considers bids for heating at fire department

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Notes from Feb. 9 meeting

By The Staff

At the Feb. 9 meeting of Hodgenville City Council:

Four bids were received for the installation of two heating units for the Hodgenville Fire Department.

Bids included Absolute Comfort Heating and Air, owned by Joe and Alex Dohn, $3,350; Dever Enterprises, $6,284.96; Willard’s Heating and Air, $5,200; and Phelps Heating and Cooling, $4,997.

The council voted to accept the “lowest qualifying bid” based on specifications advertised in The LaRue County Herald News.

Phelps Heating and Cooling is owned by Councilman James Phelps Jr. When questioned about a possible conflict of interest, Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback said state law permits a sealed bid to be entered by the councilman. Phelps did not vote on the matter.

Fire Chief Terry Ovesen said the current heating units are “completely worn out.”

“We’re trying to keep them going to keep from freezing about a million dollars worth of fire trucks,” Ovesen said.

In other business:

•The council was to review the status of Charles “Red” Hazle’s concrete block building that has been the center of controversy since 2003. Hazle has been given numerous extensions to make repairs on the building.

Hazle told Councilman Otis Smith before the meeting that he was ill and needed to leave.

The matter will be discussed next month.

•Councilwoman Rita Williams disagreed with the summary of last month’s council minutes. She said Main Street members did not attend the meeting to contest their budget as was reported. Hornback said she would transcribe the January minutes “word for word” and the minutes could be approved next month.