Snead lacks quorum, opens bids

With Mayor Tim Kent and councilors Trudy Campbell and Phillip McHan absent, Snead councilmen James Campbell, Jack Freeman, and Charles Sanders oversaw sealed bid openings for a new firetruck at their scheduled Feb. 23 council session. Representatives from KME (NAFECO), Pierce, and Sun Belt fire equipment attended the meeting.

Town clerk Rae Ware expressed reservations over opening the bids, despite assurances from the three representatives. Town attorney Alex Smith, listed on the agenda for an executive session, arrived in time to assure councilmen that they could open the sealed packages. Sunbelt appeared to have the low bid at $234,943, just $16 below that of Pierce. KME bid $257,741. Fire chief Lee Netherton and other town officials will review the bids to determine that all meet the listed specifications.

Freeman also opened bids for new bleachers for the town ballfields. Outdoor Aluminum had the lower offer at $8946 more than 50 percent below that of the next bidder.

Lacking the quorum, councilors postponed awarding bids, the proposed executive session, and other agenda matters until the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 9. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the town senior citizens center.