Board votes to buy $250K fire pumper

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By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to approve the purchase of a Rosenbauer fire pumper for approximately $249,000 during their Feb. 4 regular meeting.

Morgan County Fire Chief Mark Melvin recommended the Rosenbauer model, stating that a new fire engine will be necessary for the new fire/EMS station at the Public Safety Complex. Melvin stated that construction on the new the fire/EMS station should be complete by the beginning of March.

Upon Melvin’s recommendation, the BOC also approved of the purchase of updated Telex equipment for the county’s 911 center from Metropolitan Communications for $20,502.

In addition to Metropolitan Communications begin the low bidder for the equipment, Melvin stated that the county already has a $20,300 credit with the company for previously turning in outdated radio equipment, leaving an out-of-pocket cost of only $202.

The BOC also approved of the purchase of new computer equipment for the 911 center, which will allow 911 to use safety functions built in to the new radio system, for more than $17,000 from Gunby Communications.

Although Gunby was not the lowest bidder, Melvin recommended that the board accept their bid because they currently maintain the county’s equipment and are familiar with the 911 improvements that the county has been implementing.

The BOC approved of the purchase of a New Lochinvar boiler for the Morgan County Aquatic Center at the cost of $14,890. The purchase of a new boiler became necessary because of damage caused to the old boilers by constant contact with chlorine.

In order to prevent similar damage occurring on the new unit, the BOC also approved the use of $3,000 for the construction of a 12-foot by 12-foot external building, which will house the new boiler. *The January 2014 financials, including payables from the General Fund in the amount of more than $3,348,000 and from SPLOST in the amount of approximately $348,000.

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