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Monday, April 28, 2003

County to auction surplus items at flea market

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., April 28, 2003 -- Surplus items from different county offices will be for sale during the Pecos Peddlers Open Air Flea Market, scheduled for May.

Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce Director Linda Gholson was on hand during this morning's Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting to talk to the commissioners about the flea market.

"Last November, we held our first flea market and it was considered a success," said Gholson. "This year, we thought we could make it a little bigger and have been asking the entities, that if they have anything they don't need or want to include it in our flea market during the auction portion of the event."

Gholson explained that this year the group would include an auction during the flea market. "We have already lined up an auctioneer and clerks," she said.

She said that 19 vendors had participated at November's flea market, and 600 people had walked through the gates to browse. "We charged a $1 per person and had 600 come through," she said.

"We had talked about auctioning off county surplus equipment about a month and a half ago, when Debbie Thomas approached me about the county participating," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo. "I talked to Mr. (county auditor Lynn) Owens and we talked about the legalities," he said.

Galindo said that the county would have to declare the items surplus and publish them in the newspaper.

"We're very excited and trying to get more people involved to make it bigger," said Gholson. "That's why we came up with this auction idea, and getting all the entities involved."

"The more enthusiasm we get the more people we can bring in to Pecos," said Gholson.

Gholson said that the event would be publicized throughout West Texas in different newspapers, such as the Thrifty Nickel out of Odessa.

"We'll have our regular vendors and the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 17," said Gholson. "We'll only have one concession stand, manned by the rodeo committee."

"We have three departments that already have items that they want declared surplus and want to auction off," said Galindo.

He said that other departments had items that they wanted added to the list and that they will have another meeting before May 17, where they could declare them surplus and include them in the auction's list.

"We can itemize all the stuff and still declare them salvage at next meeting," said Owens. "There's about 10-15 vehicles the sheriff told me about."

Owens said that the vehicles that the Task Force have do not have be declared surplus because they don't belong to the county.

"They assured me it can be done, that we can auction off all that stuff, as long as we have a list," said Gholson.

"We plan to furnish the auctioneer, the clerks and everything, for a fee of course," said Gholson.

Gholson said that the 15 percent would go towards paying for the auctioneer and everyone else involved in the auction. "That will pay for all expenses," she said.

"We just ask that you bring all those items to the Civic Center," said Gholson. "We've ordered a beautiful day, with no wind or anything," she said.

"Speaking about the civic center, how did things work out at the prom?" asked commissioner precinct 2 Norman Hill.

Gholson said that things went very well Saturday and that she hadn't heard of any problems. "We had a slight communication problem on Friday, but we re-worded the agreement and we have that taken care of," she said.

Commissioners told RCDC III project finished

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., April 28, 2003 -- Construction at the site of Reeves County Detention Center III has been completed with just a few minor punch-list items to take care of, Reeves County Commissioners were told this morning.

This report came from Carothers Construction who was in charge of construction at the prison facility, during the regular meeting of Commissioner's Court at the Reeves County Courthouse.

"We have reached a point and time of departure from Pecos and would like to thank the county," said Gerald Talley with Carothers Construction. "We hope we did a good job for the county and that they're happy with our services."

"This will be a process that you phase out and there will still be several items to take care of as you slowly close out," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo. "We had asked Carothers to do a summary and re-cap of everything, so that we can go through it as we finish and close out this project."

Talley told the court that he would have final figures and that Carothers employees, along with the architect, would meet with the officials. "I'll put those numbers together by that time," said Talley.

Talley said that there were some contractors that had not met certain requirements and advised the county to not pay their retainage.

"I have made it very simple for those contractors and told them specifically what they needed to have and what is required," said Talley. "I'm just giving you this information because we won't release retainage until that happens."

Talley said that he expected to meet with some of those contractors and make a final assessment and see punch-items were not in compliance.

"We gave the contractors 30 days for the completion and six to eight contractors did not do that and some went in to the next month," said Talley. "They are all responsible for the architect's and management services extra fees, under the certificate of completion," he said.

Talley said that the contractor that totally completed his part of the services was R.W. Jones and they would be receiving their retainage and would not be penalized.

"We gave them until April 14 to stop activity, so that the county could take over and some of the contractors did not meet the deadline," said Talley. "Those contractors will have to pay for having the architect and the management services on-site to oversee the completion," he said.

"Once the prison is complete, does that mean jail standards has approved it or are we still awaiting approval," said commissioner precinct 3 Herman Tarin.

"No, jail standards has already approved it," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

"We'll continue to work closely with the county, there are always a few small items that need to be completed, or are not working just right," said Talley. "Even if I'm not here, I'll be keeping in touch or coming over if I have to," he said.

Talley said that once Carothers completes a construction job, they continue to monitor the facility to make sure everything is working properly and that all punch-items are corrected. "We'll also protect the county from third party's making any claims and will make sure all the suppliers have been paid," he said.

County Auditor Lynn Owens said that the extra fees imposed would not sit well with the sub-contractors. "They may file an arbitration or something, I just don't think they're going to like it," he said.

"Carothers and the construction contract were very specific and they have already been put on notice," said Galindo.

"Is it spelled out in the contract?" said Tarin.

"Yes, it was in the original contract, and I have already spoken to them," said Talley. "I'll work closely with you on that as well."

Talley said that he thought architect Lorraine Dailey and the county had been very lenient with those contractors.

Franco said that Carothers had worked really well with the facility staff and the county. "You always find little things that need fixing after we move in, but if we keep communicating and work together as we have everything will be fine," said Franco.

Franco said that he didn't foresee any problems and expected Carothers full cooperation.

The commissioners approved several payments and change orders to the construction crew including LMD architect's request for payment invoice No. 284 in the amount of $20,009. "This is for additional services from April 1-15," said Owens.

LMD's request for payment No. 285 in the amount of $11,027. "Again, this will come out of the contractors that did not complete the services when they were supposed to," said Owens.

Jarratt Dirt Work and Paving request for payment No. 5, in the amount of $2,403; Carothers Construction, $17,936, a change order approved by the court at the last meeting and another one in the same amount for additional services cost; Acme, a decrease of $1,016 and a change order for ISI Detention in the amount of $2,409.

The group approved Pitney Bowes to replace existing mailing postage meter with new model under State of Texas procurement policy. "We got a new meter not long ago and it will be a $9 decrease in payment," said Owens.

Commissioners approved a property bid of $2,000 for property located at 812 S. Plum and agreements between the Reeves County Juvenile Department and the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD and the Balmorhea ISD Boards.

Book fair planned for Bessie Haynes

PECOS, Mon., April 28, 2003 -- Bessie Haynes Elementary School is sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair, beginning Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 8.

Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30p.m. On May 9, hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., in Room 11.

Come and view the wide selection of books, posters, cd roms and crafts.

Harry Potter merchandise will also be available.

Enrich your child's vocabulary, imagination and reading skills with books from the book fair.


PECOS, Mon., April 28, 2003 -- High Sun.y 95. Low this morning 57. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Some storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds. Lows in the upper 50s. SE winds 15 to 25 mph Diminishing to 5 to 15 mph after midnight. Tues.: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. West winds 10 to 20 mph. Tues. night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Wed.: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 90s.


Delia Guerrero and Ben Sanchez

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