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City of Rhome cuts ties with engineering firm

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
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The City of Rhome will be looking for a new city engineer.

After a continual delay in getting the request for proposals (RFPs) for securing the Rhome school building with new doors and windows, the Rhome City Council voted Tuesday to terminate its contract with engineer Jacob & Martin of Weatherford.

The city requested a request for proposals be prepared in December and at the Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Michelle Pittman Di Credico reported to the council it was still not ready.

Councilman Sam Eason quickly voiced his desire to break from the firm Tuesday.

“Due to not getting that back, I’d like to make a motion that we authorize the mayor to proceed with termination of the contract with Jacob & Martin,” Eason said.

“Jacob & Martin has given us the runaround long enough. In my mind ,this is the straw. I’m tired of waiting on them.”

City Attorney Carvan Adkins said he would prepare the paperwork to meet the provisions for terminating the contract. The city entered the contract with the Weatherford firm in 2015.

The council gave its consent at its Dec. 13 meeting to see the RFPs for windows and doors at the school building.

The city had received two initial quotes for the 36 windows for the vacant building, which ranged from $47,097 to $54,300. The city also had a quote of $24,200 for the installation of four doors.

In other business, the council tabled the appointment of the comprehensive steering committee. The committee was to take part in the planning and zoning commission’s March meeting.

Di Credico said P&Z could hold an additional meeting later in the month to work with the committee. She didn’t expect the delay to put the work on the comprehensive plan, which is being compiled by the University of Texas-Arlington, behind schedule. The plan is scheduled to be ready in September.

City Administrator Joe Ashton, who was not at Tuesday’s meeting, proposed a list of 10 names – Di Credico, Mayor Pro Tem Elaine Priest, P&Z Chairman Tommie Eason and Vice Chairman Debbie Kuhlman, citizens Patricia Mitchell and Chip Kowalski and business representatives Jonathan Defries and Carter High. Ashton said in a memo to the council that he was still looking for a representative from the Crown Point neighborhood and Northwest ISD.

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