Ocean City Today

County spends a little bit more to keep it local

Buys equipment from Salis. firm rather than in Indiana
By Brian Gilliland | Jan 04, 2018

(Jan. 5, 2018) Worcester County government’s Fleet Management division of public works inspects its two four-post vehicle lifts about every two years, John Tustin, public works director told the county commissioners Tuesday, and while neither did very well on their Dec. 4 checkups, one was forced out of service immediately.

The Rotary SM300 lift failed inspection “due to age, corrosion and normal wear and tear in combination with numerous other issues,” according to the inspection report. The other lift, a Rotary SM121, was allowed to continue operating, but the inspectors recommended replacing it rather than repairing it when the time came.

The county had two bidders to replace the Rotary SM300 lift from official vendors, one in Madison, Indiana for $33,421.75 and the other in Salisbury for $33,926.77. Installation would be completed by a local company, Tustin said.

The expense was not planned for, and County Administrator Harold Higgins said money could be found for the purchase when the books are closed out at the end of the year.

Tustin recommended, and the commissioners initially agreed to go with the lower bid, until Commissioner Jim Bunting noticed the geography.

“For a $500 difference I’d rather see it go local,” he said. “It’s well within the tolerance.”

The motion to approve the purchase was quickly amended to reflect the change and passed unanimously.

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