Fiscal Court selects electrical inspector for Nucor project

Fiscal Court selected an electrical inspector for the Nucor project late in October at a special-called meeting.

Though the county selects the winning bid, the county doesn’t foot the bill for the service when all is said and done.

“If you’re building a house and you have an electrical contract on it, whatever that contract amount is for you to build your house, the electrical portion, there’s a 1 percent fee that goes to the county,” explained County Attorney Jessica Brown Roberts. “Our normal electrical inspector adds an 85/15 split. So, you pay the 1 percent fee, the inspector gets 85 percent of that and the county keeps 15 percent.”

Though on a much larger scale, this is the same way the electrical inspector payment for the Nucor project works; ultimately, Nucor will be the ones paying the position. The inspector’s fees are paid, and the inspectors are paid from that.

The Court received three bids for the position. Electrical Systems Service, and single member limited liability company formed by electrical engineer Vince Somody, presented the Court with the lowest bid of $417,013.13. However, ESS’s bid was disqualified because Somody is not a certified inspector in Kentucky, according to Roberts.

“He passed the inspector’s test, but there are practicum hours you have to do to be an inspector in Kentucky,” she said. “With the Nucor project, safety is very important. Someone who’s not even certified and had just passed the test, they’re not really qualified.”

Another bid, proposed by Tommy Lanham, Chris Bennett and Patrick Williams, offered the county a 55/45 split of the 1 percent inspection fees with 55 percent going to the inspector and 45 percent going to the county. All of their operating expenses would have come from their part of the fees.

The winning bid, proposed by Hendricks Electrical Inspections, estimated the 1 percent fee at $1,575,000. The Court decided on a flat fee of approximately $500,000 through December of 2022. The project is expected to be completed by then, but if it isn’t, there’s a provision for a possible extension of the contract to finish the inspections.

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