Members of the City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be taking on an agenda heavy with items relating to community safety and interest at the formal board meeting Monday night.
The informal meeting Tuesday afternoon began with the discussion and decision to put the accepting of a bid on a new 75-foot ladder truck for the Martin Fire Department on the agenda.
The MFD opened sealed bids on the ladder truck on Feb. 24, underwent a lengthy bid process administered under the AFG guidelines and came to the decision to recommend Pro-Fire Equipment for the awarding of the bid contract.
The MFD was awarded $499,999 towards the purchase as part of the AFG grant.
Numbers show that Pro-Fire Equipment turned in a bid of $737,180 with $20,000 trade in, $28,350 loose equipment, a net total of $688,830 and a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty with no exceptions.
Mayor Randy Brundige reported that Lamar Lawn Care of Sharon had submitted the lowest bid and will be placed on the agenda to be considered as the city’s choice for mowing.
The following two resolutions will be considered at the meeting Monday night:
• Resolution R2011-27 to hire an engineering firm to assist in the implementation of the City of Martin’s Transportation Enhancement Project.
• Resolution R2011-08 to hire an administrative management services firm to assist in administering the City of Martin’s Transportation Enhancement Project.
Brundige reported that the public works committee met and was considering a request from MTD to add a turning lane over the railroad tracks onto Hwy 22.
“I’ve talked to Billy (Wagster) about measuring the road to see if we can do this ourselves before we hire an engineering firm,” Brundige explained.
“The pavement on 431 is 36-feet wide. There’s enough for three lanes. As it is now, there are long lines of traffic waiting at times.”
The public works committee also discussed the landfill and the possibility of an engineer looking at the construction of a pit with reinforced walls and drainage capabilities.
The public safety meeting met a week ago and from the recent rejection of an idea to close off a portion of Mt. Pelia Road, discussed a new request from UT Martin to reduce the speed limit to 20 mph on the area of Mt. Pelia Road from the University Street entrance to Hannings Lane.
In addition, Brundige remarked that signs will be installed at the crosswalks that will contain blue flashing blinkers activated by pedestrians and will be installed at the expense of the university.
Closing out the meeting, Westview Band Director Mike Tucker requested a monetary contribution from the board to cover the cost of a few band students who cannot afford the band’s upcoming trip to Washington.
With a cost of $598.25 per student to cover the cost of everything, nine out of 59 students are “on the bubble” and Tucker emphasized his wish not to leave anyone behind.
The donation request as well as all other items covered at the informal board meeting will be part of the agenda at the formal board meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 14.