Jasper City Council Covers Budget with New Purchases

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  Attended by two members of the Pickens High School Youth Leadership Program put on by the Pickens Chamber, the Jasper City Council held its monthly meeting Monday night with two main items on the Agenda as the Council discussed budget items and expenses.

  The first discussion came as the Council deliberated the purchase of a 2007 Gradall machine. This machine operates on the back of a truck pulling a trailer. The Gradall can scoop and dig out the debris and trash in ditches to keep them clean and clear for water flow. The Council has been using one of these to test and see if they would like to purchase the vehicle. In a unanimous vote, the council did approve this purchase at $65,000 from a local dealer in Jasper. It is a used Gradall with around 6000 hours of usage. The purchase, according to Mayor Weaver, will come out of SPLOST money.

  The council moved on to discuss the police cruisers for Jasper Police. While the council has already budgeted for the purchase of one cruiser in the budget, the department suffered an accident involving one of their newest cruisers right at the end of the budget process. Police Chief Greg Lovell has requested a second cruiser purchase to cover this loss.

  After discussion, the Council did approve the purchase of two cruisers coming to a total cost of $64,000. With $31,800 budgeted the remaining cost will come from several areas including the insurance paid for the wrecked vehicle and $10,000 which was originally budgeted for building improvements for the police department.

  After the approval, the council went into executive session and came back approving the City Manager to make an offer for a 2 acre property. Though the city attorney. Bill Pickett, said they could not comment on details of the purchase, he did say it was an industrial property the council was looking at and they would provide more information as the offer was either accepted or declined.

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