JASPER, Ga. – April’s expenses for the Jasper City Council are on the rise as they approve purchases and bids alongside an approval for over $100,000 for the Cove Road incident.
These purchases came from three different departments looking to update equipment for the coming spring months.
The Jasper Police Department sought approval, and received it, from the council for $33,900 for a new vehicle. According to Police Chief Greg Lovell, the need comes after several issues in the fleet including two cars in the shop for repairs and the Explorer being totaled after an accident in January. The new truck, Lovell said, will is coming from Ronnie Thompson Ford.
The Water Department requested funding for rebuilding three lift station pumps in the city from Highway 108 to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Water Superintendent David Hall spoke to the council about the builds with three different prices. The total cost for all three comes to $32,136.28. The first pump is $7,825.04. The second needs an internal part replaced as well, making the cost $10,634.90. The third pump needs the part replaced and a bearings replaced, making the cost $13,676.34.
Hall said the department already has moved other pumps in the city to cover the need that these pumps served, but this reduces the efficiency more each day. However, these pumps have served this need since 2002, according to Hall. With 17 years behind them before needing the rebuilds, Council member Tony Fountain noted that he hoped to get another 15 years out of these now.
A third purchase request came from the budgeted purchase of a zero turn lawnmower for the street department as the move into spring and prepare to for the maintenance needed. City Manager Brandon Douglas told the council that the city has received bids for the lawnmower. Goss Equipment’s bid was for $11,886.20 for a Grasshopper brand. Nelson Tractor Company’s bid was $12,615 for a Kubota brand. Ag-Pro $13,649.99 for a John Deere brand. Rolling Tire’s bid was for $13,000. Mason Tractor Company’s bid was for $12,526. The council approved Goss Equipment, the low bid, for their Grasshopper brand lawnmower. Fountain clarified with Douglas about the servicing program for the equipment. Douglas confirmed that Goss said the would work and provide for the needs saying that even if they had to outsource the work, they would provide a replacement available immediately for the needs of the city.
The council is also honoring a local citizen, Kyle Brock, with an official resolution to name the city dog park after him. Utility Development Planned Lonnie Waters presented the request to the council for a small marble plaque in honor of the service provided. The council quickly approved the request and pushed further to have Brock come before the council to receive the plaque so that they might further recognize the hard work and dedication he has provided to the animals of the community.
The Gilmer County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is selling tickets for a chance to win a restored 1927 Ford Model T Huckster truck. The proceeds collected from the raffle will be used to cover the cost of a mission trip to Japan next summer.
Ford Model T Huckster
FCA Area Director Reece Sanford said the vintage vehicle was donated by a local family in Blue Ridge to help send 12 to 17 coaches and athletes on the mission trip.
He said 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each with the drawing scheduled Dec. 17th, during a special FCA all start football game involving seniors from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties. The game will be played in Blairsville.
Queen said the old truck runs well and had been in a downtown Blue Ridge location for a number of years before being restored.
Tickets are available from Reece Sanford at (706) 253-9608.
Pickens County Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol in a fatality accident investigation on Dry Pond Road in Ranger Georgia on April 21st at approximately 3 – 3:30 pm. The accident was a hit and run.
The State Patrol sought the public’s assistance in locating Ms Shanda Sperin. Ms Sperin was wanted for questioning regarding the accident. She was was seen driving a Gray Ford Ranger truck which most likely had damage to the front end and bumper. Authorities were asking anyone with information on where she could be located to please contact 911.
Later on Thursday evening, approximately 6:30pm Ms Sperin and the vehicle were located. Deputies working with the Georgia State Patrol were able to safely pick her up.
No additional details are being provided at this time regarding the victim or the accident.
FetchYourNews.com has received information regarding a two vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 5 – 5:30 this morning, June 22nd on Hwy 515 South near Appalachian Court in Pickens County. (more…)