Council OKs bids for new police cars
by W. Brian Hale
Mar 17, 2011 | 2315 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council voted unanimously to accept bids from Joe Watt Auto Sales on a 2009 and 2008 model Dodge Chargers for use by the city’s police department, at a cost of $38,786.

The bids were placed at the March 3 city council meeting to replace three decommissioned cruisers that were deemed no longer fit for service. The dealership will also gain possession of the out-of-service cruisers as part of the agreement.

Both of the new vehicles will come fully equipped with a police package. An additional cost of $550 will be added to install cages in the cars, as well as an additional $1,200 for delivery of the new cars to the city from the dealership’s Vinita, Okla. location. The decommissioned cars will also be picked up at the time of delivery.

A subsequent motion to take $10,000 from the city’s improvement fund and the remainder from the city’s alcohol fund to pay for the total cost passed unanimously.

In other actions from the meeting:

•A motion to purchase a new dump truck for use by the Carbon Hill Street Department for $11,500 passed unanimously. The funding will come from the city’s garbage account.

•Mayor Chris Hart reported he had received complaints concerning the city’s mandatory garbage pick-up and that citizens had expressed a desire to no longer have trash pick-ups due to a mandatory collection fee for the service. Hart said the policy states that if a location has a water tap, the location has a mandatory garbage pick-up and is required to pay a $9.75 garbage pick-up fee a month.

Hart also stated that if anyone is caught dumping trash in a business’ dumpster, they will be subject to a $500 fine and they will have to appear in court. The offender may also be subject to paying the business owner’s pick-up fee for the month.

•Positions for city pool director and lifeguards will be posted for the upcoming summer season. Anyone interested in the openings can fill out an application at city hall.

•The council voted unanimously to allow Hart to accept the lowest bid on the remaining services needed to complete the city’s splash pad. Hart said the city needs the following before completion: a fence around the splash pad, sod laid, cement pored for the pavilion and the sidewalk leading up to it and the sewer and water hook-ups for the pavilion, along with the construction of the pavilion itself. Hart said $38, 000 left from the grant used to build the splash pad will now be used on the remaining services.

•A motion to purchase four picnic tables for the pavilion at a total cost of $3,000 passed unanimously.

•The city’s recent financial report showed that the Carbon Hill general fund is $54,916; correction fund, $1,800; improvement fund, $28,532; police department, $9,499; court account, $36,392; fire department, $55, 719; insurance fund, $66,022; beautification fund, $22,720; a CD for $211,665 used for grant-matching purposes; hazardous duty fund, $1,028; street fund, $10,563; garbage fund, $54,172; park and recreation fund, $6,802; special street fund, $18,737; gas/excise fund, $4,805 used to pay for street lights and traffic lights; alcohol fund, $48, 660 — with a total amount of $630,998.22 at the time of the report.

•A motion to build a 40-foot by 60-foot basketball court for $4,356 passed by a 4-1 vote. Sandra Garrison, Willie Clayton, Horace Jones and Jack Hinds voted yes, with Carol Ann Hackney voted no. Hart stated the cost for the court will come from the city’s improvement fund and will be dedicated to the Carbon Hill basketball and cheerleading teams.

Council member Scott Wright was absent from the meeting.