Fort Oglethorpe to pur­chase new equip­ment for fire depart­ment, parks and re­cre­ation

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

The city of Fort Oglethorpe has ap­proved nearly $24,000 in new equip­ment pur­chases for its fire and parks and re­cre­ation departments.

Dur­ing the city’s March 12 coun­cil meet­ing, Fire Chief Bruce Ballew and Pub­lic Works and Re­cre­ation Di­rec­tor Jeff Long re­quested needed equip­ment for their re­spec­tive departments.

Ballew re­quested new pro­tec­tive equip­ment for fire­fight­ers, while Long’s crew added a new zero-turn mower.

“It’s 10 sets of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment from Ben­nett Fire Equip­ment,” Ballew said. “They’re the sole source provider in the state of Ge­or­gia for the Cairns equip­ment that we uti­lize.”

The coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the pur­chase in the amount of $16,830.

As for the new mower, Long said the mower will be used for sports fields which need spe­cial treat­ment to grow prop­erly.

“We’re re­quest­ing pur­chase of a Toro zero-turn mower,” he said. “It also has the bag­ger and blower at­tach­ments for it. This will be used for the ball fields. The is­sue that we’ve run into with the fields is that we mow them 2-3 times per week and the thatch and all that’s com­ing up, the grass can’t ger­mi­nate and keep grow­ing so it’s smoth­er­ing the grass out.”

Long says he even met with some land­scap­ing pro­fes­sion­als to de­cide the best course of ac­tion for the is­sue.

“They said we need to make sure we get the grass clip­pings up ev­ery mow to elim­i­nate that where the grass will still grow like it needs to grow,” Long ex­plained.

When it came time to eval­u­ate the bids, Long says a lo­cal com­pany made a bet­ter of­fer than the state con­trac­tor.

“The state con­tract price from the Ge­or­gia state bid is $5,699,” Long said. “We also got a price from TAS Equip­ment here in Rossville, and their price for the mower is $4,899, so ac­tu­ally, it’s a bet­ter deal for us not go­ing with the state con­tract price. With the mower and the at­tach­ments, the to­tal amount is $6,993.”

The $23,823 to­tal ap­proved for the equip­ment will be paid for with SPLOST funds.

Fort Oglethorpe Fire Chief Bruce Ballew dis­cusses his depart­ment’s need for ad­di­tional per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment with the City Coun­cil Mon­day night, March 12. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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