Council seeks local bids on vehicles for Union City
Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 6:43 am
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Try to shop locally.
That’s the message the Union City Council members got across to city officials this week.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, council members were asked to approve the purchase of two Ford Crown Victoria vehicles for the police department through the drug fund.
Council members were given bid tabulation sheets, which included prices submitted through the state bidding process for police vehicles. The closest is in Jackson.
“Why are there no local dealers,” Mayor Terry Hailey asked, saying the council has always been given the option of purchasing from local dealers before.
City manager Kathy Dil-lon said all dealers are given the option to submit state contract bids. “You don’t have to accept the bids,” she said, adding when it comes to price, the council should consider the state bids.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said the local Ford dealer said he could possibly submit a bid, but the Dodge information for 2011 couldn’t even be pulled up on the computer. He reminded the council that the last time the city ordered police vehicles from the local Dodge dealer, it was seven to eight months before the vehicles were delivered.
Garner said the vehicles the department is requesting are on the lot now.
Hailey said the police department should make what they’ve got run until local bids can be sought.
Garner said he is having maintenance problems right now. The department has six vehicles which have less than 100,000 miles and the remainder of the fleet has more than 100,000 miles, with at least one 14-year-old car having more than 300,000 miles.
Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford said he thinks the local dealers should at least be given a chance to submit a bid.
“We ask everybody else to shop at home. The city ought to do what it can,” councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison said.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Learned one-third of the property taxes have been collected for the year. Harrison asked when back taxes are turned over to chancery court. Ms. Dillon said the 2008 taxes were sent last year and the 2009 taxes will be sent in the fall. Harrison said it would be cheaper for people to pay their taxes on their credit cards and not let them be sent to chancery court, where fees are added.
• Was informed the city still has not been reimbursed for clean-up from the ice storm.
• Asked that Barker Brothers be notified about three trash bins which are at an abandoned house on Morgan and Palmer streets. Councilman Dianne Eskew said she has already contacted the company twice, but the bins are still there and one is in the street.
• Requested city officials check on when a burned home on Greenwood will be repaired or rebuilt. Mrs. Eskew said it’s been that way two years and the residents there would like for the owner to take care of it.
• Was informed by Glasgow that a 2006 asbestos survey on the former Reelfoot Packing Co. building has been sent to the state.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com
Published in The Mesenger 1.6.11