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Guys approves tornado siren purchase

Securing three tornado sirens for the city of Guys took longer than expected since the city had to reject earlier bids which went over the allotted $50,000 budgeted. On Monday night, however, they reviewed three new bids opened in a special called meeting on May 5.

The city awarded the bid to Federal Signal Company of Amory, Miss., in the amount of $49,998.20. Federal Signal was not the low bidder but met the specs required of a minimum of 129 decibels on the alarm. 

The lowest bidder, McCord Communications, of Aniston, Ala., was the lowest bidder at $49,882.00, but did not meet the specs with 118 decibels.

 ATI Systems of Boston, Mass., also submitted a bid of $54,926.70. Attorney Ryan Feeney was on hand to review and discuss bids on Monday. Alderman Chris Howard will be working with Pickwick Electric and Federal Signal Co. on the installation of the sirens.

Grant writer Shelley Fuggitt, Southwest Development District, was present for the bid opening and will be submitting documents to finalize the project start. The grant consists of CDBG Budget of $45,087, $4,913 from the city, for a total budget of $50,000.

In other business the board approved minutes from the March 3, and April 18 Beer Board Meetings to approve the 1st and 2nd readings of an amendment to the Beer Board Ordinance stating all establishments will close on December 24 at midnight and re-open on December 26 at 6 a.m.

The board also approved minutes from the April 18 regularly scheduled meeting with one correction and the minutes of the special called meeting on May 5 for bid opening for the tornado sirens. The financial report was also approved unanimously on Monday.

The board also approved the first reading of the 2011-12 budget with one amendment of $1,000 for elections because there will not be an election during the budget period. 

Mayor Keith Rinehart presented a proposal from Chambers Insurance for workers compensation for two city employees in the amount of $355 annually. A contract was approved for Williams, Jerrolds, Godwin & Nichols, PLLC of Savannah for their annual audit at $3,000.

Alderman Anthony Dickey reported that all fire engines had their oil changed and the main truck had a master cylinder put in by Gary’s Garage.

Alderman Wayne Henry reported the use of the community building by one family for a wedding and the plan to do some landscaping on the grounds when weather permits. 

In unfinished business, the board is in the process of reviewing the state’s building codes with attorney Feeney to determine a course of action.

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