Obion required to solicit bids on 2 projects
Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:03 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter
By KEVIN BOWDEN
It’s going to take a little longer than expected to fix the Broadway Street bridge in Obion.
It’s also going to take a little longer than expected for the city to purchase a used firetruck.
Earlier this month, the council approved both items, but now the city is having to take a step back and solicit bids for the two items in order to comply with state law.
It is a state law that bids must be solicited by a city when more than $10,000 is being spent.
Obion Mayor Glen Parnell informed the council of the state law Monday night and the council agreed to seek bids for the bridge work and the firetruck purchase.
Meanwhile, the Broadway Street bridge east of the city ballpark remains closed to traffic. A pair of large steel culverts has been delivered and they are ready to be installed under the bridge.
The city will draft bid specifications for the two items, which will be considered at a future council meeting.
Obion Fire Chief Jamie Evans showed up at Monday night’s council meeting with some good news — firefighting equipment ordered through a state grant has arrived and is being checked out.
He brought with him the new $9,000 thermal imaging camera and one of the new airpacks that will be used by firefighters.
“It’s worth every penny,” Evans said about the thermal imaging system as he demonstrated how the camera works for council members.
He also struggled to lift one of the old 48-pound airpacks used by firefighters and then easily hoisted one of the new 22-pound airpacks. An obviously pleased Evans provided details about how the new airpacks are lighter and “a lot safer” to use.
He also reported the county has agreed to pay the city’s $4,466 part of the state grant for the new equipment. The money from the county will come from rural fire subscription revenues, according to Evans.
In other action during the near hour-long meeting, the council:
• Agreed to advertise for a part-time clerk to work at Obion City Hall. Approval was also granted by the council for city recorder Jana Fluty to attend a Nashville meeting of the Tennessee Association of Municipal Clerks and Recorders.
• Discussed possibly moving the city’s pavilion from the park to the lot next to the First United Methodist Church on West Main Avenue. The council also discussed possibly building a pavilion on the lot, but no action was taken.
• Approved having new lights installed at Rose Hill Cemetery and approved a proposal to have cemetery caretaker Chip Cutler handle mowing the cemetery. Cutler is currently paid $4,200 a year as caretaker. His salary will increase from $350 a month to $645 a month with the additional responsibility of mowing the cemetery.
• Agreed to have the city buy cold mix from the county to repair potholes around town. The cold mix will cost $75 per ton, according to council member Bob Anderson.
• Agreed to install new lights in the city ballpark and to install a new basketball goal in the park. The new lights will be set up on a timer that will automatically shut off at midnight.
• Held off paying four invoices involving projects with the city’s public works department. Council members questioned the invoices and requested a more detailed explanation of the expenses before the bills are paid.
The invoices included a $998 bill from the Commercial Maintenance Chemical Corporation of Farmingdale, N.Y., an $870 bill from Energy Worldnet Inc. of Decatur, Texas, and pair of bills totaling $1,510 from B.A.M. 2 of Springfield.
Contributing to the concerns from the council was the lack of purchase orders related to the invoices.
Absent from Monday night’s meeting was council member Polk Glover. The meeting was opened in prayer by council member James DePriest and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Parnell.
Published in The Messenger 3.22.11