Council OK’s Equipment Upgrades

WINNSBORO – Town Council kicked off Tuesday night’s meeting with a report from the Finance Committee meeting, which featured a few high-price ticket items, the first of which was the purchase of a Bobcat model mower. Bill Castles, Director of Streets and Sanitation, submitted the request as an alternative to a previous request for the purchase of a Great Dane mower, which is no longer available. Council gave the OK on the Bobcat, for a grand total of $7,799.82.

Council also gave the green light for the Electric Department to move forward with replacing power lines and poles along the Highway 321 Bypass. The project was approved last November at an estimated cost of $190,000, but the winning bid on the project, from Pike Electric of Mt. Airy, N.C., came in at $145,000. The project was bid out on behalf of the town by Southeastern Consulting Engineers, Inc., who received seven bids on the work.

The Electric Department also requested $78,650 to purchase a used 2006 bucket truck to replace the 1999 truck that needs upwards of $10,000 in repairs.

After a nearly one-hour executive session, Council voted to purchase a reconditioned ammonia tank for $7,900. The tank is part of an upgrade to the Town’s water system and its changeover from chlorine to chloramine in the treatment of water. A revised contract with the City of Columbia for the purchase of an additional 1 million gallons of water per day, meanwhile, is still pending, Council said.

The next council meeting will be on April 9, which is a change to the regular meeting time due to the April 2 municipal elections.

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