FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Administration and Finance Committee discussed several purchase requests for various county departments during its meeting last week and nearly every item requested will be available at costs lower than the budgeted amount.
The Fairfield County Detention Center led the way with the need for a replacement cooler and freezer for the facility. Staff had anticipated the need for new flooring, but investigation found that it would not be necessary. The committee voted to forward the request to Fairfield County with a bid from Wilson Refrigeration and Cooling. Once approved, the installation is anticipated to take between four and eight weeks.
The Detention Center is also in need of a new roof. This was especially evident with the recent storms that led to extensive leaks at the facility. While the estimated cost currently stands around $270,000, the budgeting committee originally expected a cost of nearly twice that at $500,000.
The county is also now looking to replace its current data servers with virtual machines provided through eGroup, an information technology firm that specializes in cloud computing. The goal is the ability to ensure data recovery in event of emergencies and to more efficiently utilize current technology.
Fairfield County Public Works presented a need for a lowboy trailer that would provide the ability to transport all equipment currently being used plus it will have a hydraulic ramp. County Administrator Milton Pope pointed out that it would help save the backs of workers.
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office had several requests for the committee beginning with the purchase of a Dodge Charger for use by a narcotics officer. Also requested was the purchase of two replacement vehicles for current patrol vehicles. Each vehicle requested was a 2014 model, which provided savings from originally budgeted costs.
The last request from the Sheriff’s Office was for the renovation of one its buildings for use as an evidence storage annex. The current storage area has not been able to meet the needs for the sheriff. Rather than building a new facility, the Sheriff’s Office requested an existing building be renovated.
The committee decided to move forward in planning for the project with finances potentially coming from the savings in the replacement of the Detention Center roof replacement.
The final request put before the committee was for a roll-off truck for the Solid Waste Department. The truck would be a replacement for one currently not in service due to a blown engine. Staff advised the committee that the cost of replacing the engine and maintaining the truck would be less cost effective than replacing the truck.
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