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New fire engine on agenda
City council to consider buying truck

Monday, November 26, 2012

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will consider buying a new fire engine.

Fire trucks must be replaced periodically based on factors such as mileage and the condition of equipment on them.

The council recently gave the city fire department permission to develop specifications for the vehicle and get price quotes from vendors. A limit of $475,000 was specified.

A council report states that the fire department talked with four fire truck manufacturers and vendors but determined that only one firm can meet or exceed the department’s expectations for that price. The report does not name the firm.

However, the report says that by using an open contract between the firm and the city of Suffolk that lets other localities statewide make purchases through it, Martinsville will not have to seek bids on the truck.

The firm quoted Martinsville a price of $472,583, the report shows.

The city finance department is examining finance options. But if the city pays cash for the fire engine, the cost would drop by a little more than 3 percent to $456,436, according to the report.

It would take the firm about seven months to build the truck, the report shows.

The council will consider the fire truck purchase when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

Other agenda items will include:

• Considering ratifying a contract for management of the Martinsville Mustangs baseball team for the 2013 season.

• Hearing from J.R. Powell, director of the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center, about staff certification for emergency medical dispatching.

• Considering a resolution establishing rental rates for waste containers to be serviced by the city.

• Reviewing and possibly approving a fund balance policy.

• Considering routine-type budget amendments.

• Discussing and considering approval of the city’s proposed legislative agenda for 2013.

• Recognizing city employees who will receive longevity of service awards through Dec. 31.

• Hearing business from the floor.

At 7 p.m., the council will meet in closed session to discuss a personnel matter and consult with legal counsel.

Also, the council will hold a neighborhood meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church on Starling Avenue to hear residents’ concerns about issues affecting the city’s south side.

Council members will tour the neighborhood by van at 4:30 p.m. Monday to observe conditions there.

 

 
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