Only 1 bid submitted for depot

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There was a lone bid submitted in the second round of bidding for the renovation of Opp’s L&N Depot.

Opp City Planner Jason Bryan said that Paul Catrett submitted a bid for $762,500. Catrett’s bid was lower than the lowest bid submitted in the first round of bidding.

In July, the city council voted 3-2 to reject the first round of bids to rehabilitate the historic depot.

The city was awarded a $400,000 grant through the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) for the project. The grant requires a 20 percent match from the city of Opp.

Plans call for installing a new roof, adding a bathroom and a kitchenette.

The project was delayed multiple time by the process of getting plans approved by multiple entities, including the state building commission and DOT.

Plans also had to be sent to Washington, D.C., for approval as well.

Wyatt Sasser Construction was the low bid in July at $812,581.

Then-council members Bobby Ray Owens, TD Morgan and Mary Brundidge voted against awarding the bid, while Arlin Davis and Mike Booth voted for it.

Bryan said the new city council will vote to accept or reject the bid Monday night.

“If all goes well, the project will start after the first of the year,” he said.