Jasper City Council Talks Costs and Purchases

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Meeting on April 2, the Jasper City Council revisited its Vehicle/Equipment Purchases as well as two additional purchases.

As the Jasper City Council continues discussing their purchases for Vehicles and Equipment, David Buchanan brought another vehicle before the Board with the request. The City of Jasper recently lost one of its trucks in an accident. Receiving just under $17,000 from the other parties insurance, the City was not at fault in the accident, Buchanan requested the City add replacement for the truck as a part of the vehicle purchases.

However, the City was planning to buy a new truck, fully equipped, for $46,200 with the insurance payment and a left over balanced between the current request as it stands and what the City budgeted for the purchases originally. As discussion continued, Mayor John Weaver came to realize that the insurance and remaining budgeted funds combined would only reach approximately $37,000, short of the needed $46,200.

With that knowledge the county moved forward approving the purchases totaling $521,322. As said, this comes in below the budgeted $540,000.

The Council also approved $4,450 to purchase an Automatic Switch. Although the purchase was higher than expected, the need of a 200-amp plug for the switch at the station and a few extra parts drove the costs up.

Another purchase the City approved came for the Police Department whose speed detection lasers are in need of replacement. Chief Greg Lovell informed the council that the older devices are becoming to0 expensive to continue sending off for repair. Instead, Chief Lovell requested the Council’s approval for $3,099.99 each for two Pro Laser 3s. Lovell informed the council that purchasing two at once would incur a discount as each laser alone originally costs $3,599.99. Additionally, Chief Lovell said the purchase would come out of its Tech Fees and would not require digging into the budget.

For more information, check out the recorded meeting below.

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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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