Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Houston County commissioners go on a spending spree

PERRY -- The Houston County Commission spent a lot of money Tuesday, including funding for new buildings, vehicles and equipment.

The biggest expenditure was a $2.6 million contract with International City Builders to construct a fire station on Ga. 247 and two hangars at the Perry-Houston County Airport. One of the hangars is for a Georgia State Patrol helicopter unit and the other is for private planes.

The new fire station will be located next to Perdue Farms south of Bonaire.

Also the county approved funding for a new John Deere 300G excavator for the road department costing $237,430 from Flint Equipment Co. of Macon. The road department also got three new Ford F-350 crew cab trucks for $27,954 each from Perry Ford.

The sheriff's office got a new Ford F-250 truck for its bomb-sniffing dog unit. The truck, coming from Allan Vigil Ford in Morrow for $26,994, is paid for with a state grant.

The water department got a new Ford F-150 XL truck with an 8-foot bed for $20,451, and two new Ford F-150 XL trucks with 6-foot beds for $20,225 each. Brannen Motor Co. of Unadilla was the low bidder.

The fire department got $148,611 in new equipment, including defibrillators, trauma bags and thermal imagers, for two new fire trucks the department is getting.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said excavation work has already begun on the three buildings. With the approval of the contract, he said the buildings should start going up in January.

The fire station and Georgia State Patrol hangar are expected to take about a year to finish. The hangar for private planes should be finished sooner.

That hangar has been needed due to a backlog of people who have been seeking to keep their planes out of the weather. Rental fees will generate revenue for the airport.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com

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