Greenwood County Council approved the purchase of two new fire trucks at their regular meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The two new trucks will cost $595,172 and will be purchased from Spartanburg-based Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus. Greenwood County fire coordinator Joe Kennedy told council that eight Request for Proposals (RFP) were sent out, but only two bids were received. The other bid came from Georgia-based Southern Fire Service and Sales and totaled $568,348.
Kennedy recommended purchasing the trucks from Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus since there are currently eight trucks purchased from the company in Greenwood County and failure to meet some of the RFP requirements by Southern Fire Services and Sales. Kennedy also noted that Southern Fire Services and Sales only had three trucks in South Carolina.
District 4 Councilman Chuck Moates questioned the nearly $27,000 difference in the bids. When Kennedy said he was satisfied with the recommendation of the higher bid, Moates asked: “$27,000 worth of satisfied?” Kennedy responded affirmatively. The measure passed 6-1, with Moates casting the lone dissenting vote.
In other business:
Northland Communications presented council with a check for $44,159.89. The check was the quarterly payment of franchise fee for public utilities. The franchise fee is 5 percent of gross sales.
Council unanimously passed third and final reading of an ordinance to amend section 6-3-113 of the Greenwood County Code of Ordinances. The section deals with noise ordinances.
Council heard first reading in title only of the budget ordinance for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. District 5 Councilman Steve Brown questioned why the school district budgets were not included. District 6 Councilman Robbie Templeton noted that the school district budgets along with the library budget were voted on at the same time as the county budget. The second reading and public hearing will be June 18 and the final reading will be June 25.
Council unanimously passed a proclamation declaring June 2, 2013, as Salvation Army of Greenwood County Day and the entire month of June as Salvation Army of Greenwood County Month in honor of the organization’s 75th anniversary in Greenwood County.
Council unanimously passed a proclamation declaring the week of May 19-25, 2013, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Greenwood County.
Council unanimously approved a funding request of $2,000 for Aviation Expo 2013, which will be part of the annual Festival of Flowers.