Bids awarded to GrantWorks, Coym firm

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Jim Wells County Commissioners awarded bids for engineering and administration services for two grant awards the county has received for sewer line work.

GrantWorks was the lone bidder for the administrative portion of the grant program, and was selected by the court.

The engineering portion had two bidders, Coym, Rehmet & Gutierrez and LNV.

Pat Coym, who was present at the bid decision, said his company has unparalleled experience in the Jim Wells County area when it comes to sewer-related projects because of the numerous sewer construction grants it had worked on in the past.

LNV also had engineering experience from work completed in Sinton, Mathis, Gregory Portland and Kleberg County. The court decided in favor of awarding the project to Coym. The Community Development Fund Award, which totals nearly $1 million, will extend Orange Grove sewer lines outside the city and for the Orange Acres area.

The Colonia Fund Award will go toward sewer construction on Farm-to-Market Road 665.

The county judge was also designated as authorized signatory for the grants.

During closed session, the court discussed three upcoming cases with legal representation and assistant county attorney Linda Flores Resendez.

They also conferred with Alice City Manager Albert Uresti concerning the appointment of Charles Brazzell Sr. to the position of Airport Manager, at a salary of $1,000 a month. The court agreed with the decision and approved in open session Brazzell's appointment. County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz said the closed session was an opportunity for the county to confer with their attorney, and that no decision was made.

The three cases of pending litigation include Jim Wells County vs. Odell Parisher, Tito Gonzales vs. JWC and Gonzalo Montes vs. JWC.

The court then discussed authorizing Saenz to advertise for proposals for ambulance service for JWC. Saenz said the contract the county had with Guardian EMS has expired, but the county may fall under a "discretionary exemption," he said, in the law that allowed counties to continue service with emergency services in the interest of the well-being of the residents of the county in emergency situations.

Saenz said he'll have the county attorney's office look into the exemption, and if JWC does fall under it, he said there would be no need to go through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The court approved allowing the county judge to go out for RFPs if the county does not fall under the exemption.