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Board accepts bid for scrap rail

By KEVIN KOELLING

Managing Editor

TELL CITY – The Perry County Port Authority Board of Directors agreed in a special session March 28 to assemble a panel to explore the possibility of employing a management group to help Kevin Teague run the port and rail operations.

The operations manager and trainmaster explained Wednesday his duties entail “more work than one person can handle.” The News was unable to attend the special meeting due to other commitments, and contacted Teague Wednesday for information about the board’s actions. 

As the News reported in August 2011, Teague moved into his current position from RailAmerica, whose Indiana Southern Railroad was employed in early 2010 to operate the port-rail agency. That company’s role came to an end in September 2011, Teague said. 

In other business at the special meeting last week, the board accepted a bid of $280 per ton of scrap rail from LRT Services of Tell City.

As the News reported March 18, the board rejected three bids it had received for the 577 tons of metal for being too low. Teague said during a March 12 meeting he expected to see a minimum of $280 per ton, and the board authorized him to notify the three bidders it set a reserve price at that level. The three were all near $260 per ton.

“It’s exactly what I was looking for,” Teague said Wednesday of the LRT bid. “He’s a local guy, so I’m happy with that.”

He said one other bid, for $275 per ton, had been submitted.

The board also voted last week to approve a change order submitted by Cooper Rail Service of Huntingburg for work they performed at a bridge at the 8.8-mile point along the railroad’s track. An additional $18,000 in expense was incurred because piles had to be driven deeper than planned, Teague said.

The board also added $2,600 to a $447,000 contract for work funded through a federal Economic Development Administration grant.