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Development Authority approves rail spur repairs

Rail spur repairs are needed at the West Thomson Industrial Park and a bid in the amount of nearly $6,000 was approved for a company to begin making those repairs, subject to verification of an existing contract between officials of the McDuffie County Development Authority and CSX Railroad.

The approval and subsequent verification stipulation was made during Tuesday's development authority meeting.

A total of three bids were received to do the repair work necessary so that the rail spur can pass inspection By CSX, according to Executive Director of the McDuffie County Development Authority Mike Carrington. The low bid of $5,946 from Bundrick Grading and Construction Co., of Pageland, S.C., was approved for the repair work.

Such repairs would consist of replacing 18 grade, three ties and 15 switch ties. In addition, the repairs also would entail installing two 14 foot derail ties, as well as to raise and tamp an area of the track that is low, Mr. Carrington said.

A stipulation in the bid from the company contends that officials with the city and county would be responsible for flagmen and other costs associated with railroad work, according to a viewed copy of the bid proposal.

Development Authority Member Lem Brooks suggested that members look over the existing contract with CSX Railroad to make sure that such repair work isn't their responsibility.

Authority Chairman Riley Stampey said he knows such a contract exists and later recommended after members approved the low bid for the repairs to be made that the agreement be subject to verification of the contract with the railroad.

Mr. Carrington indicated he would find the contract and review it.

In a separate matter, Mr. Carrington advised development authority members about the status of the old Thomson Company building.

Presently, workers with Two-State Construction Company of Thomson are involved in their continued work inside the building and getting the "skinning" off the outside of the building that was caused By graffiti. New siding will be installed, Mr. Carrington said.

Web posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007

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