LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council gave final approval to the purchase of nearly $800,000 in new equipment during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
That equipment was already approved by council in the city’s 2014-2015 budget, but staff returned final bids on Tuesday for a $239,222 front loader truck for the sanitation department, a $201,958.79 truck mounted high pressure sewer cleaner for the sewer collection department, a $129,819.20 trailer mounted vacuum machine for the water distribution department, and a $222,285 Digger Derrick Line truck for the electric department.
“Every piece of this equipment was talked about in the budget process and it was technically approved by council when they approved the budget,” said City Manager Charles Nichols. “Once the new fiscal year starts on July 1 that’s when we go get our bids and do all of our due diligence in making sure we’re getting the best bang for our buck. Then we just bring it back so that council can see it again.”
The final cost of each item was less than the amount initially budgeted.
In other business, council approved an amendment to the city’s sewer use ordinance to include a local pretreatment program governing the new FCC plant on U.S. 401.
“This is because of the industrial park and the increased gallons per day that our sewer treatment plant will be taking on,” Nichols said. “The state and federal regulations require all significant industrial users that discharge to a public sewer to have a pretreatment permit, which is what’s been added.”
In response to a query from council member J.D. Willis, council member Mary Jo Adams reported that she, along with Nichols and Laurinburg Police Department Chief Darwin Williams met last week with a group of Westwood residents concerned about neighborhood break-ins and the run-down state of several homes serving as rental houses.
“I think some of the citizens had concerns about those different things but didn’t realize that they needed to contact the city employees and the police chief,” Adams said. “The police chief made it clear that they’re always there to help and the city manager was there and explained the city’s role.”
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 506-3169. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.