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County To Purchase Emergency Manager Truck With CARES Money


January 14, 2021

After the lengthy six-month bidding process last Monday, the Pottawatomie County Board of Commissioners had a shorter meeting with a lengthier agenda this week.

Commissioner Melissa Dennis said county offices will be closed next Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the board of commissioners' meeting for the week will be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Early in the meeting, the board considered two requests from two separate Bethel Acres entities. Bethel Public Schools requested access to its county educational sales tax funds, and Bethel Acres Fire Department requested permission to go out for a bid. Both measures were approved by the board unanimously.

Bethel Public Schools Superintendent Tod Harrison was present at the meeting, and told commissioners that the district was requesting around $1,500 per month to purchase basic janitorial supplies. After receiving approval, Commissioner Dennis told Harrison to photographically document every item purchased and received in order to comply with county reporting requirements.

Bethel Acres Fire Department did not send a representative, but was requesting permission to go out on a sealed bid for rescue equipment not on an annual or state contract.

During the Environmental Deputy's update, Deputy Dustin Richardson reported collecting around 1300 pounds of debris for the week, and issuing one citation for open burning.

The board also renewed a county contract with Just-Rite Cleaning Services for janitorial services at several county buildings. The contract, for $4,285 per month, covers janitorial services at the Election Board, county commissioner offices, the courthouse, and the district attorney's office. The contract was renewed by a unanimous vote, and will be extended for another 12 months.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of two new county vehicles, dipping into separate funding sources for each purchase.

The first, a 2020 Chevy Tahoe for Emergency Management Director Chad Larman, was paid for out of CARES Act funds. The vehicle, purchased for $38,585, comes with standard equipment, four-wheel drive, and tow hooks.

The other vehicle, a 2020 Chevy Double Cab for county maintenance, was purchased out of use tax funds in the amount of $27,485. The vehicle is a half ton pickup, and will be replacing an existing maintenance vehicle.


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