EAST LIVERPOOL - Legislation addressing a mistake in previously approved ordinances will be considered Monday by City Council after its finance committee reviewed the issue Tuesday.
Council had previously approved ordinances authorizing the purchase of a truck cab and chassis for the Board of Public Utilities for $69,774, but it was found that the original proposal from the state co-operative purchasing program included a $9,000 trade-in for an existing truck when no trade-in was expected to be made.
Utilities Director Bob Disch had explained the mistake to the BPU at its recent meeting and offered the same explanation Tuesday to the finance committee, saying, "O.S. Hill (the truck company) didn't look it over carefully enough and we didn't look it over carefully enough. It was in error. They can't give us $9,000 for a nearly 20-year-old truck."
This means the purchase price will actually be $78,774 instead of the original price quoted, he pointed out.
Committee member Ryan Stovall noted the cost will be paid from the water department, not general fund, and the committee agreed to forward to council the amended ordinance as well as an ordinance repealing the legislation previously approved.
Also forwarded for council's consideration was an ordinance making routine adjustments in appropriations in the street, water R&I, street capital improvements, state highway and permissive tax funds.
Service-Safety Director Ryan Estell reported on the new contract for phone services, saying new phone lines will increase the Internet connection for City Hall from 1.5 to 10mg.
The new contract will cost an additional $2,000 to $3,000 annually, with Estell saying, "We were looking at an increase no matter what. There is a need for increased Internet speed."
Plans call for eliminating all phone lines to the car barn with installation of a new radio system which Estell said will save about $900 per month.
The radio system installation is "coming along," Estell reported, saying everything is in place except the dispatch center.
Mayor Jim Swoger was asked by Stovall the status of street light repair, which is being done with a $1,000 donation from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29.
Swoger said new igniters have been ordered and he expects repairs to begin this week, saying as many lights as possible will be repaired with the donation.
Estell said he had a company check out the downtown lighting to determine if it could be upgraded but it was determined not to be cost effective to change now.
Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday.