REED SPRINGS — Commissioners right here accepted on Tuesday a bid that can assist the city transfer ahead with wanted sewer repairs.
The Board of Commissioners accepted throughout a digital assembly a $1,158,837.50 bid by KRG Utility Integrated to restore sewer strains in its mission funded by a Group Improvement Block Grant that totals near $2 million. Commissioner Caroline Sumpter didn’t participate within the assembly.
The engineer estimate initially was $1,356,825, City Supervisor David Ashburn stated.
“It (the decrease bid) will enable us to do extra roads than what we initially bid,” Ashburn stated.
Commissioners additionally voted unanimously to increase their know-how by shopping for about 9 iPads to be used by the the commissioners, mayor, clerk and finance director.
Every iPad Professional gadget, with built-in sizzling spots and 256 gigabytes of storage, prices about $949, Ashburn stated. The gadgets will enable commissioners to attend digital conferences, occasions and can lower down on printing paperwork for every Board of Commissioners assembly. The new spots would additionally embody an annual fee of about $3,500.
Commissioners voted 4 to 1 for gadgets with out sizzling spots, which might price much less. The worth was not accessible throughout Tuesday’s assembly. The accepted movement allowed for commissioners to revisit the choice to incorporate sizzling spots or built-in WiFi within the gadgets later.
“My concern is the recurring value,” Commissioner Murray McKeithan stated.
Ashburn stated he would look into the costs of gadgets with out the new spots. The gadgets might be purchased utilizing unused funds within the legislative price range, which normally pays for journey to occasions or conferences.
The choice to purchase the gadgets was denied in a 4-3 vote in September, with Mayor Ed Henderson casting the tie-breaking vote, becoming a member of Commissioners Caroline Sumpter, Murray McKeithan and Neal Lea’Kes in opposition. The price and lack of know-how on the time had been deciding elements within the vote.
Additionally on Tuesday, the commissioners accepted giving a $75 increase to its three ABC Board members, giving the chairman a month-to-month wage of $150 and board members $125 every month.
The board members are paid with income generated by the city’s ABC retailer, Henderson stated.
“We really generate income from the ABC retailer. We don’t spend something at it,” the city supervisor stated.
“They’ve doubled their income over a yr in the past,” Ashburn added.
McKeithan stated that, in his expertise, $125 is an ordinary fee for boards just like the ABC Board.
The commissioners additionally voted to permit the Purple Springs Police Division to purchase two Dodge Durangos with $84,000 that’s its share of cash taken throughout drug seizures. The division plans to promote two of its Dodge Chargers, with hopes to get about $5,000 every for the autos.
Ashburn stated he and Chief of Police Brent Adkins hope the division can proceed buying new autos every year. Ashburn additionally stated he hopes the drug seizure cash will enable the division to rid the city of drug exercise and develop into a useful resource for car purchases sooner or later.
Additionally on Tuesday, commissioners voted to take over the bills and operations of McMillan Memorial Library. The vote got here after it was discovered the city owns the library and never the library board. The city will save the $4,400 it gave the board to insure the constructing, clear it and pay payments final yr. It will probably pay for utilities and insurance coverage for a less expensive fee, Ashburn stated.
Nevertheless, the city can pay the county $8,000 as requested for its half within the library’s functioning, he stated. Final yr Purple Springs paid $7,620 to the county.
Board of Commissioners members additionally voted to permit the city supervisor to start planning for occasions just like the city’s July Fourth celebration and different festivities, with the stipulation that occasions might be canceled if COVID-19 infections warrant or Gov. Roy Cooper’s tips put a cease to them.
In different issues, commissioners accepted a one-year audit contract with S.Preston Douglas & Associates.
Additionally accepted Tuesday was updating the city flood drainage prevention ordinance to fulfill state regulation necessities.
Commissioner Duron Burney requested the city supervisor to contemplate putting anti-littering indicators all through city, stating that trash continues to be strewn alongside roadsides, regardless of cleanup efforts. He additionally requested for the city to deal with residents who’re putting paper and cardboard by the roadside as a substitute of of their trash cans.
“We bought to make an try,” Burney stated of cleansing up the city.
Burney additionally shared a message encouraging city residents to not litter.
“I problem you to let’s not try this, let’s do higher,” he stated.
He additionally requested the police chief to assist transfer an “eyesore” within the type of a white van that has been parked behind the division for years. The van seems to have a flat tire, Burney stated.
Commissioner McKeithan stated kids ages 3 to 12 are nonetheless wanted to type a baseball recreation crew. The dearth of participation has left the season stalling, and will trigger a delay. McKeithan will be a part of Athletic Applications Superintendent Donnell Ferguson to assist jump-start the season and rally extra involvement.
“We want one thing for our kids to do,” McKeithan stated.
The city Recreation Division’s baseball league is a “constructive” use of time that the commissioner stated kids want.
Ashburn stated the Robeson County Church and Group Heart will host a meals giveaway on the farmer’s market Thursday at 2 p.m., if climate permits.
Chief Adkins stated a Cease the Violence occasion will happen Saturday, with efforts by native pastors to encourage the lower of violence in Purple Springs. The occasion might be held from 2 p.m. to three:30 p.m. at Samuel Williams Park on Eighth Avenue.
The following commissioners’ assembly is scheduled for Could 4.
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