Melhart Music of McAllen, Texas, was the low bidder  for construction of a new band tower at the high school.

Melhart’s winning bid came in at $42,000.

The company was runner-up on the original letting of the project in December.

Solid Machine Innovations of Blackshear was awarded the bid at that time in the amount of $45,0000, but the company informed the board last month that it would not be able to complete the tower for that amount.

The company cited increases in construction material as the reason for its request.

The board voted to cancel the current bid and rebid it.

Plans call for the construction of a steel frame tower with the supports anchored in concrete and bolted down. The 8-by-8-by-20-foot structure will have a steel door at the bottom to keep the interior secure, will feature a storage area and will have a roof with a public address (PA) system and lighting.

The tower also will feature steps in groups of four to improve safety.

The school board voted last October to seek bids for a new tower as the old band tower located behind the former high school is showing its age.

The Sound of Silver Band Boosters had hoped to be able to contribute funds to help with construction of the tower, but cancellation of the Sound of Silver Band Festival last year will limit its funds. The festival was canceled due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19.

Education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) monies will be used to pay for the tower.