The Departmental Council authorizes the purchase of equipment, vehicles


By VICKI BROWN

Colleton County Council, the governing body of Colleton County, has determined that it is in the best interest of the county to acquire certain heavy equipment and vehicles and to engage the services of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. ., as an independent registered municipal councilor. to the county. Acting as an advisor, Raymond James & Associates will assist county leaders in securing competitive offers from banks and other lending institutions for lease-to-own financing.

The decision was taken by the county council at its recent meeting, where it passed an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of heavy equipment and vehicles by hire-purchase for an amount not exceeding $ 5.5 million. .

Colleton Cunty administrator Kevin Griffin is authorized to issue purchase orders for equipment ordering with a delivery time greater than 180 days. “This is across all departments, so it will be graders, dump trucks, landfill compaction equipment, backhoe or ambulance equipment,” Griffin said.

In other matters of the departmental council:

The county council also had to pass Order 21-O-10 in order to meet federal grant requirements. Grants must have clear and transparent criteria for protest procedures related to the purchase of state and federal grants.

Part of the protest procedures related to state and federal grant funds are as follows: A potential bidder, bidder, contractor or subcontractor who is aggrieved under a contract has the right to protest and must protest to the Purchasing Manager within three days from the date of issuance of the call for tenders or request for proposals. The written complaint must indicate the reasons for the complaint and the exemption requested.

The fee charged from a supplier to protest the solicitation of a contract is 1% of the estimated amount of the contract or the recommended award, whichever is greater, to a maximum of $ 5,000.00 . The fees must accompany the appeal documents. Only a check or money order will be accepted.

Appeal costs will be reimbursed if the appeal is found to be well founded and relief is granted to the appellant. Appeal costs will not be refunded if the appeal is rejected.

The Purchasing Manager may attempt to resolve by mutual agreement a protest from an aggrieved bidder, bidder, contractor or subcontractor, actual or potential, regarding the solicitation or award of the contract. contract. The county administrator has the power to approve any settlement.

In other news from Colleton County Council:

Council accepts grant for child and adult feeding program

Resolution 21-R-48 was passed by the county council at its recent meeting, allowing the county to accept a grant from the South Carolina Department of Social Services for the Child and Child Care Food Program grant. adults for 2022.

The council found it to be in the best interest of the county to sponsor / administer a feeding program for children and adults with meal preparation at Colleton’s commercial kitchen, meals delivered, internal reporting and financial management.

The child and adult care program will serve students in the county’s after-school programs, with the program scheduled to run from October 5, 2021 to May 30, 2022 and September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022. It requires the county to hire two temporary employees who will be funded by the grant.

New ambulances to buy

Colleton County Council passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of wheeled ambulances for Colleton County firefighters. The Fire-Rescue Commission is to replace four aging ambulances with units meeting current specifications on the reliable Kenworth chassis.

The Commission requested the purchase of four ambulances from the same manufacturer to maintain the standardization of the fleet and the equipment on which firefighters and fleet management mechanics are trained.

CCFR officials asked County Council to authorize the purchase of four Wheeled Coach / Kenworth ambulances from Wheeled Coach Corporation through its authorized dealer (Atlantic Emergency Solutions) for a total cost of $ 1,333,588 ( including SC sales tax).

The financing of these purchases is included in the 2021 lease-purchase.

Local contractor chosen to design new county food aid facility

Colleton County Council passed a resolution awarding a design contract for the new Colleton County Food Assistance Center. The county has announced an RFQ, CC-34, for the design of the Colleton County Food Assistance Facility. From this announcement, two proposals were received. IP Builders, Inc. received the highest score. Funding for this project will come from the Special Revenue Fund.

Vacancies on the board

1. The Colleton County Recreation Commission has four vacant positions;

2. The Colleton County Disability and Special Needs Council has a vacant position;

3. The Colleton County Library Board of Trustees has two vacancies;

4. The board of Keep Colleton Beautiful had three vacancies;

5. The Colleton County Appeals and Adjustment Council has three vacant positions.

Appointed to the Board

The following people have been appointed by Colleton County Council to these respective boards / commissions:

Keep Colleton beautiful, Angela McAdoo;

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, Vera Bodison, Leigh Cook and Lillian Thomas;

Planning Commission, Ian Padgett;

Review and Appeal Board, Kimberly Crouse.

The following members have been appointed to the Colleton County Safety Committee and will represent the estates associated with their name as set out below:

Animal and Environmental Control Facilities, Laura Clark;

Facility Maintenance, Robbie Williams;

Magistrate’s Office, Darryl Wilcox;

Library, Sierra DeFoor;

Roads and Bridges, Helen Bowers;

Fleet Management, Jack Wright;

Colleton County Firefighters Roger Johnson;

Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, George Rouix;

EOC / VA / Coroner, Janet Dillard-Smith;

County Finance, Kaye Syfrett;

Solid waste, Johnny Bartley;

Human Resources, Deagdrea Sadler;

Risk management, George Welch.

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