By Pam Robinson
The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety voted to turn over the bids to City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins for the sanitary sewer bridge project on Old Hwy 62. If Higgins finds the bids in order and all necessary documents are received, then the board agreed to go with the lowest bidder.
The two bids submitted are as follows: 1) $21,702 from D-Lite Excavating and 2) $20,975 from Kieffer Brothers. The Kieffer Brothers bid contained no work schedule, and D-Lite needed to submit additional documents as well.
Later in the meeting, Street Superintendent Roy Maynard addressed the board on the need to replace vehicles, namely dump trucks, as they age and require costly repairs. Maynard suggested the possibility of purchasing quality used vehicles as replacements.
Discussion highlighted that the most recently purchased packer is almost paid off. The board agreed the purchase of replacement vehicles must be considered, but officials must make sure the money is there when making additional purchases.
In other business:
• Sean Hughes from Emergency Radio Services in Evansville addressed the board to offer his company’s price quotes on narrow banding portable and mobile radios for the city’s public works departments (street, water and sewer). Fire and police departments are already in compliance with the FCC mandate. The FCC has mandated narrow banding by the end of the year, or the FCC will revoke licenses, according to Hughes. Clerk-Treasurer Cristi Sitzman reminded the board that the new public purchasing laws needed to be considered along with any other board concerns. The board agreed to take Hughes’ information under advisement with City Attorney Beth McFadin Higgins.
• The board voted to deny Philip Angermeier’s appeal to pay his weed removal bill.
• The board approved Police Chief Grant Beloat’s request for extra Halloween patrols and the overtime pay for those patrols.
• Board members Steve Fuelling and Bill Curtis thanked Wastewater Superintendent Rodney Givens for the tour of his facilities. “The tour interested, excited and impressed me with operations and impressed me with improvements,” Fuelling commented.
The Mount Vernon Board of Public Works and Safety meets again Thursday, October 18, 4 p.m., in the City Hall Annex.
By Pam Robinson
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