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Taylor County Fire Dept. to receive new equipment through grant

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Bids were opened at Tuesday night's Fiscal Court meeting

By Zac Oakes

The Taylor County Fire Department will receive some new equipment after the Taylor County Fiscal Court voted to approve the grant-funded purchase at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The fire department will receive a cascade compressor for their air packs, according to members of the Taylor County Fire Department.

There were three bids submitted to the Taylor County Fiscal Court, which were opened at the meeting. The bid that was selected was from America’s Bravest Equipment in the amount of $34,879. That bid was also the lowest among the three bids submitted.

The other bids were $42,180 and $44,100 submitted by FDSAS and MAKO, respectively.

Members of the fire department were on hand at the meeting. After the opening of the bids, they reviewed each of the bids to make sure that they fit the specifications of what they were looking for. The bid from America’s Bravest Equipment fit the specifications that the fire department was looking for, and the magistrates voted unanimously to approve the purchase.

The equipment will be purchased through a grant, which firefighters said would cover a purchase that exceeded $40,000.

In other news from the meeting:

●      Magistrates approved the second reading of the Duo-County contract. The non-exclusive franchise agreement aims to bring fiber optic and broadband internet to local businesses.

●      Debbie McNear was re-appointed as the PRIDE coordinator. County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers and magistrates praised McNear for her work, and said that the amount of time and energy that goes into the position almost equates to a second job, but that McNear has done very well.

●      Carl Watson and Gary Richards were appointed to two-year terms on the Airport board, and Dave Debrot and Donna Gaddis waere appointed to four-year terms on the library board.

The next meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court will be February 13 at 6 p.m. in the old Taylor County Courthouse.

 

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