Calhoun County Commission approves local bid to update Sheriff’s cars
by Sara Milledge
Jul 11, 2013 | 2643 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Calhoun County Commission will spend almost $25,000 to install equipment such as radios, sirens and lights in five cruisers recently bought by the Sheriff’s Office.

The bid was awarded to McCord Communications of Anniston during the commission’s meeting this morning.

County Administrator Ken Joiner explained at a work session immediately prior to the meeting the county received three bids, but only two were competitive in price.

Those two bids were from McCord Communications and Fleet Safety Equipment in Pell City and they differed by a sum of $10.84.

Although Fleet Safety Equipment offered the lower bid, Joiner advocated the commission pass a resolution that would call for all shipping involved to occur within Calhoun County, rather than awarding authority to the lowest bid. The commission approved the resolution.

“These vehicles would have to go to Pell City to get this equipment installed,” Joiner said. “We’re going to spend a lot more than $10.84. Plus, they’re local.”

Joiner said five drivers, plus a van driver, would need to take two trips to and from Pell City to get the cars to Fleet Safety Equipment offices.

Sheriff Larry Amerson voiced his support for the resolution at the 9 a.m. work session.

“It’s their tax dollars that would pay for it,” he said of McCord Communications.

Joiner said Sheriff’s Office personnel will most likely take the cars for equipment installation this week.

Later in the meeting, Calhoun County resident Johnny Roper presented the commission with a 68-signature petition advocating the closure of the Lucky 7 Lounge nightclub on West 10th Street.

“All of the residents in that area have had problems,” Roper said. “I live a block away from the bar and [the music] rattles my windows.”

Roper said he obtained all the signatures in two days from residents living within two blocks of the club.

Because the club is under Anniston’s police jurisdiction, Abbott said the County Commission could not take any official action regarding the petition, although he voiced his personal support for it. District 1 Commissioner Fred Wilson, whose district includes West Anniston, and County Attorney Tom Sowa agreed to investigate the situation further.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Awarded bids for food and other non-food supplies for the Calhoun County Jail to U.S. Foods, Flowers Baking Company and Osborn Brothers, Inc.

• Approved an agreement with the Calhoun County Board of Education for road improvements and a guardrail near the press box for the Saks High School football field.

• Approved a $3,700 contribution to East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy by roll-call vote, with Abbott abstaining due to his position on the UCP board.

Staff writer Sara Milledge: 256-235-3549. On Twitter @SMilledge_Star.

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