Official awards 2 bids, retires

Purchasing chief Crum served county 28 years

July 01, 1999|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

In his last official act as a county employee yesterday, Tom Crum spent more of the public's money.

Crum, chief of the county Bureau of Purchasing, awarded two bids yesterday and announced his retirement.

After 28 years of service, Crum said he planned to leave the County Office Building at 5 p.m. and do a little partying. He announced the news to a room full of contractors before opening the last bid on a sidewalk project.

"Just to heighten the suspense for a minute, I am going into retirement at the end of the day," Crum said, adding his thanks to his co-workers.

He declined to discuss plans, other than to say he would celebrate that night. Crum is vacating his office with Barbara Zepp, secretary in the Bureau of Engineering and another familiar face to contractors.

"We will be going out the door together this evening," said Zepp, retiring after 23 years.

The last bid Crum opened proved to be the lowest for construction of about a half-mile of sidewalk along Route 32 in Westminster.

The job went to H. T. I. Contracting of Finksburg for $69,606.25. Because construction is along a state highway, the state will pay half the cost.

Four contractors competed for the work, which involves building a sidewalk on the east side of Route 32 from Carroll Community College across from Dorothy Avenue to the parking lot at the Career and Technology Center.

Crest Contracting Co. of Cockeysville was the high bidder at $86,256.

Stambaugh's Inc. of Union Bridge bid $81,578, and DACO Construction of Wheaton was near the low bid with $71,388.

The county also awarded a contract for replacing the Emory Road Bridge over Deep Run in Finksburg to Richard F. Kline Inc., the lowest of four bidders.

The Frederick County contractor will rebuild the structure for $264,335.

Pub Date: 7/01/99

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