SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Commissioners have agreed to spend nearly $1.6 million to improve and upgrade the entrance to the Johnston County Landfill on County Home Road near Smithfield.
At the request of Rick Proctor, Director of Solid Waste Services, commissioners awarded a contract to S.T. Wooten Corporation of Wilson for $1,595,915 for the project. Mr. Proctor said the project will include the addition of a new roadway entrance, two new vehicle weigh scales, and two new scale attendant buildings.
“The new construction will add a new entrance and additional scale lanes for weighing customers’ vehicles which help will reduce the time spent in line at the landfill facility,” Mr. Proctor told Johnston County Report.
Construction will begin this month with completion in January 2021.
S.T. Wooten was not the lowest bidder for the project. Another firm submitted a bid of $1,463,900 but was rejected. Johnston County Attorney Jennifer Slusser said, “The lowest bidder was deemed non-responsive because it failed to submit its listing of good faith efforts with the bid in accordance with N.C.G.S. 143-128. Failure to comply with the statutory requirement to provide documentation of good faith efforts made to recruit and use minority businesses on the project is a material defect under NC law and cannot be waived.”