Commissioners wade through vehicle decisions

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Wise County commissioners talked cars Monday at their regular meeting.

In the first order of vehicle-related business, they approved seeking bids for a roll-off truck at the request of Public Works Director Tom Goode.

“The last truck has been in the shop 20 times,” Goode said. “The warranty is gone, and we can’t afford to repair it.” The new truck will be paid for with capital funds.

They also approved looking for three sport utility vehicles on BuyBoard, a cooperative purchasing program. The county attorney and district attorney will receive one each for their investigators, and one will go to the Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners had previously approved seeking bids for two SUVs, but when they received the bids Monday, there was no guaranteed date of delivery. In the meantime, Sheriff David Walker, who is using insurance money from two burned vehicles and one wrecked vehicle to purchase an SUV, found two SUVs on BuyBoard, which were available for immediate delivery.

Commissioners decided to table the bids and purchase the two SUVs on BuyBoard. They authorized Asset Manager Diana Alexander to buy a third off BuyBoard if one is available.

If a third is not available, they will utilize the bid for that vehicle.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns had previously sought permission to purchase a water truck via bid or BuyBoard to replace an old truck, but before the purchase was final, a Precinct 2 employee wrecked the “good” water truck.

To get up and running more quickly, Burns requested Monday to rescind his previous request and instead asked to purchase a water tank and then seek bids or check BuyBoard for the truck on which to mount it. Commissioners approved the arrangement.

They also approved awarding the county’s insurance bid to Aetna. County Treasurer Katherine Hudson said the company had the lowest bid for medical, dental and life insurance through local insurance firm Stephens Bastian and Cartwright. She said the bid reflected a 3.3 percent decrease for health insurance and 1.4 decrease for dental coverage.

“It will be a $4 or $5 decrease (in withholding) on county employees’ paychecks if they have dependents on their insurance,” she said.

Commissioners also approved courthouse security’s trade-in of three radios for three new ones from EF Johnson at a cost of $5,649, as well as the bid list for fiscal year 2014.


Commissioners accepted the following donations on behalf of Public Works: $500 from Alvord Cemetery, $300 from Preskitt Cemetery and $250 from Pleasant Grove Cemetery. They also accepted donations to the county animal shelter from Cans for Canines in the amounts of $251 and $319.30. The Decatur rodeo team donated $200 to Emergency Medical Services.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White said he is planning to replace the one-lane bridge on Old Reunion Road, just outside Decatur, but the project does not yet have a start date.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard reported that the number of grass fires is actually down from this time last year.

“Everything looks good and is in good shape,” he said. “Firework sales start today, so we’ll see how the next week goes.”

Commissioners also approved:

  • a variance for the road frontage requirement at Lost Acres Addition, Lot 4 R2, in Precinct 4; and
  • a replat for Lost Acres Addition, Lots 4 R1 and 4 R2, Block, 2.

Commissioners’ next regular meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, July 15, in the third-floor conference room in the courthouse in Decatur.

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