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McKenzie makes purchase of new fuel tanks

The Town of McKenzie is now the owner of two 550-gallon fuel tanks to be used its official vehicles. At Monday night’s council meeting, town clerk Tina Powell reported the purchase of the tanks, approved at last month’s meeting, had been made, along with a pump and everything (with the exception of galvanized pipe) needed for the project. The total for the purchase was $2,995.

Charles Smith turned in an estimate to pour a concrete slab for mounting the tank, to provide and install a chain link fence with a gate and build a 13′ x 15′ cover for the site. Smith’s estimate was $3,868.35.

The council decided to give additional time to allow at least two other people to bid on the project.

“We also want to make sure everyone is bidding on the same amount of work as what Charles was offering, and then we can accept the lowest bid,” council member Lester Odom said.

Powell said the Capital Building Fund would cover the majority of expenses involved in the project.

Plans are also still in the works to hold a surplus property sale of several vehicles, including a Chevy Impala, Chevy Caprice, a service truck and a garbage truck (frame and cab only).

“We’ll look for the most inexpensive way to advertise for bids and they will be posted in at least three places,” said Powell.

Once all the bids are obtained, they will be brought before the council for consideration.

Council member Lester Odom suggested the Town post the items for 30 days and make sure a right of refusal was included in the wording if the bids failed to meet the estimated value established for the vehicles.

Powell reported she had not heard back from the USDA about sending a representative to talk to the council.