(Cleveland)- The Cleveland City Council Monday night gave unanimous approval to a staff recommendation to award a design-build service contract to Ron Cantrell Construction, Inc. of Cleveland for projects to include a new city fire department building and other city facilities that the council decides to undertake.

Prior to the approval City Administrator Kevin Harris provided a detailed description of the bidding and selection process for this project. Harris told the council that the city received a total of five bids.

The council also approved a one-year work detail agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections for trustee inmate labor for various maintenance projects in the city. The annual rate is $49,318 and City Administrator Harris shared with the council what a great deal this is for the city, “ the value added can not be calculated for this contract we received, the amount of work we get the amount of effort we get, the amount of cleanup, the amount of things they do, I don’t think we could put a figure to that, this is one of the best contracts and deals we get,” said Harris.

The council additionally approved the disposal of 19 surplus vehicles housed at the city shop facility.  City Administrator Harris noted to the council they wanted to sell, trade, or auction off these items, which include a tractor and a Mitsubishi Minicab Mini Truck, which are no longer of value to the city.