County approves purchase of fire truck

Last updated: June 17. 2014 2:10PM - 275 Views
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope reported to council last week that the remediation work on Drawdy Park has begun. Since the park’s location is inside the Town of Winnsboro’s incorporated limits, Pope noted county staff had to work with town staff to memorialize what the practices were between county owned properties in town limits.

“We worked to put those things into writing and we do have a building permit through the Town of Winnsboro,” Pope stated.

According to Pope, Winnsboro also deferred the inspections to a third party inspector obtained by the county to review the remediations as it occurs.

County staff will receive weekly updates of the renovation process and Pope noted the county should receive a final timeline for the project’s completion this week.

Engineered drawings are available for the public’s review at the county administration building, but will not be printed due to expensive costs.

“They are open for public review and anyone interested can come in and look at them,” Pope said.

Fire truck purchase

Several months ago county council approved the procurement of the fire truck through committee, however the lowest responsive bidder came in $2,177 over the budgeted price, which was $300,000.

The fire truck would not have to be re-bid out although it did come in over budget according to Pope and council would not be hindered by taking another vote to approve the expense.

Despite the bid extending the county’s budgeted price for the fire truck, county administration will move forward with the total purchase of $302,1777.

Pope said county staff would make reductions in the department to account for the price coming in over budget.

“We just wanted to bring that to your attention and just keep in mind we have delayed this two years, so we’re already two years behind for the purchase of a new fire truck,” he advised “So we will move forward with that unless you (council) have further questions.”

Pope noted that the delivery of the new truck could take up to eight months.

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