City nixes repair work


Staff Writer

Friday, May 10, 2019

A con­struc­tion con­trac­tor linked to a Nash County of­fi­cial will not re­bid on a Rocky Mount fire sta­tion re­pair job af­ter the city pulled it off the ta­ble fol­low­ing crit­i­cism by a city coun­cil­man.

Ja­son Davis, CEO of Turn-Key Con­trac­tors and son of Nash County board Chair­man Rob­bie Davis, said he learned a long time ago from his fa­ther not to work for some­one who does not want you to do the job.

Turn-Key, which has com­pleted more than 60 jobs for the city over the years, re­cently was the low­est bid­der on a job to re­fur­bish two sta­tions. Ac­cept­ing the bid would have saved the city $200,000.

The ren­o­va­tions job re­ceived three bids in March with Turn-Key be­ing low­est. Berry Builder Group bid $1.22 mil­lion, Calvin Daven­port bid $1.21 mil­lion and Turn-Key bid $1.02 mil­lion.

Turn-Key was the only bid­der the first time around and came in as the low­est bid­der in the re­quired sec­ond round.

Coun­cil­man An­dre Knight learned from Rob­bie Davis at the last City Coun­cil meet­ing that Turn-Key was in line to re­ceive the job.

Knight ex­pressed his con­cern in a Tele­gram ar­ti­cle over Turn-Key’s in­volve­ment given Rob­bie Davis’ role in an at­tempt to split Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines and the county’s with­drawal from the Caroli­nas Gate­way Part­ner­ship.

Within a few days, the city pulled the re­pair work off the ta­ble.

In eval­u­at­ing the needs of both Sta­tions 4 and 5, as well as the needs of all other sta­tions, the city is tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and con­duct­ing an as­sess­ment of all sta­tions, de­ter­min­ing the pri­or­ity for projects, said Tameka Ke­nan-Nor­man, the city’s chief com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer.

Day-to-day main­te­nance will be ad­dressed in the adopted bud­get while city staff as­sesses needed work at all the sta­tions, Ke­nan-Nor­man said.

“If the bud­get is al­lo­cated and once all as­sess­ments are com­pleted, the de­part­ment will then de­ter­mine a fi­nal course of ac­tion,” Ke­nan-Nor­man said.

Work at Sta­tion 4 would in­clude an ad­di­tional bath­room now that fe­male fire­fight­ers op­er­ate out of the sta­tion. Sta­tion 5 is in need of a bay ex­pan­sion so large trucks can fit in­side.

Ja­son Davis, a vol­un­teer fire­fighter for 15 years, said Turn-Key will not bid again for the job so work is not stalled again for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

“I don’t want to hold up the fire­fight­ers from what they need,” he said.

Work needed at Fire Sta­tion 4 in­cludes re­work­ing toi­lets to cre­ate two sin­gle uni­sex bath­rooms; in­stalling a new sprin­kler sys­tem; re­pairing and re­painting all ceil­ings; re­painting walls and trim; re­placing over­head door mo­tors; re­placing all ex­ist­ing light fix­tures; pro­viding con­nec­tions for a new ex­trac­tor and dryer; re­placing the kitchen hood; resur­facing the en­gine room floor with an epoxy and acrylic type; adding ex­haust and light to the show­ers; re­working the ex­haust sys­tem in the toi­lets; re­pairing hose bibs in the en­gine room; re­pairing the ceil­ing in the en­gine room; re­placing the lad­der to the mez­za­nine; re­placing the rear door and frame; re­painting all ex­te­rior frames; re­lo­cating the com­pres­sor to the mez­za­nine; re­pairing con­crete at the rear of the en­gine bays; re­placing HVAC sys­tems through­out the build­ing; and spraying foam in the at­tic, ac­cord­ing to a list pro­vided by city staff.

Rob­bie Davis said the job mostly in­volved in­stal­la­tion of a sprin­kler sys­tem, which re­quired most of the other work.

Turn-Key Con­trac­tors built Fire Sta­tion 4 on Fen­ner Road. Fire Sta­tion 5 is on Spring­field Road.