10/18/13 Wednesday evening the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety approved the purchase of a new ambulance. At their last meeting the board opened the lone bid of $251,405 for a type-1 walk through ambulance from Donely Safety in Indianapolis. Because only one bid was taken, Chief Rod Miller negotiated to reduce the price by removing some of the requests. He said, “Instead of buying a higher end ambulance I went with a mid-line one.” The cost was reduced to $237,711. The Board approved the written determination document that meets the statutory requirement with only one bid.
The Board also approved the low bid of Reith Riley for the Bauer Parking lot. Their bid was $108,150. Five companies submitted bids with the highest being $149,125.
In other business the Board approved a new agreement with AT&T for antennas on the water tower. The agreement will replace the 2003 agreement and includes a raise in the monthly cost by $200. Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson said AT&T currently pays $22,000 annually with a 4% annual increase. The new agreement limits the number of antenna to 10 and requires a third party inspection to make sure the installation of two new antennas will not interfere with operations or maintenance of the water tower. Davidson noted that their annual payment will nearly cover the contracted maintenance cost saving rate payers money.
Davidson said he was recently contacted by American Water Resources, a company that provides insurance to individuals and businesses on their water and sewer lines. They will be distributing literature and information to city customers. Davidson said, “The city is not promoting this service, but I have checked and this is a reputable company.” He explained that city customers are responsible for their sewer line from the home to the sewer main and water lines from the home to the curb stop.