The Harlan Fiscal Court is still looking for options to repair the ailing geothermal system at the Harlan County Detention Center.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley addressed the situation during a meeting on Tuesday.
“We have really looked at that geothermal system thoroughly,” Mosley said. “There was a bid and you all referred it to my office. We met with that person for about two hours and discussed it.”
Mosley added an engineer was called in to assess the situation.
“We had a mechanical engineer come in and look at it,” Mosley said. “I just wasn’t very comfortable making a decision to do anything until someone looked at it who had more expertise than myself.”
Mosley said the engineer recommended the court reject the submitted bid and advertise for bids that will provide for a more long-term solution.
“I’d like to move quickly on that,” Mosley said. “We may have to have a special meeting to open bids.”
Mosley explained the previous bidder does have the option to enter another bid. He added the original plan had the system offline for approximately 10 days, which is unacceptable.
A motion was passed to reject the previous bid and re-advertise for bids on the geothermal system.
Later on, Harlan County Jailer B.J. Burkhart presented the court with a check in the amount of $50,000 from the Harlan County Detention Center commissary account.
“It’s to help alleviate the cost to the taxpayers,” Burkhart said. “They (the county) can use it for anything they need.”
In other fiscal court activity:
• The court approved advertising for bids for white beach sand; and
• Advertising for bids for asphalt and road salt was approved.
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