Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The City is moving forward with the purchase and construction of a new pumper truck and has already accepted a bid to the tune of $481,492.
Officials at Monday’s City Council meeting said the truck will be a replacement truck and will take the place of the current pumper truck that has been in service for 25 years.
The City accepted the bid from Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus out of Roebuck, South Carolina. Public Safety Chief John Thomas said the money will come out of the Sales Tax III Fund.
He added the truck will take about eight months to build and will be housed in Fire Station 3, which should be ready by the end of the year.
“It’s a great, quality truck for us. It will be built from the bottom up, which is good because it won’t just be pieced together,” Thomas explained.
The current pumper truck will enter into reserve status for about five years, he added, and could eventually be up for sale.
Monday’s meeting also saw a request from a Augusta resident Frank Carl, a member of the Augusta Port Authority.
Carl said the organization has been routinely treating the weeds in the river on the Georgia side and that according to their studies, 48 percent of the weeds are on the South Carolina side of the river.
“We’d like North Augusta to take care of the weeds on their side of the area,” said Carl. “We’re going to have the river lowered so bidders can come in and look at the river. The bids are due in by Aug. 2.”
Mayor Lark Jones said the council will look into it and see if it is an issue worth handling.
Monday’s meeting also saw the first and second readings rezoning of 3.69 acres of land near Fairview Street. Jones said the property is currently critical area property, and the Council will look to turn it into general commercial property.
“The rezoning is due to the fact that the property was cut out and surrounded by a major highway when the Palmetto Parkway went through,” he added. “It was part of a big undeveloped tract with timber but was cut out by road changes and became commercial in nature.”