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WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Council approved two capital expenditure requests and tabled another during Tuesday’s meeting.

Tommy Young from the Gas, Water and Sewer Department requested $3,895 for a new copier. Young noted that the current copier is no longer functional and staff has to travel to Town Hall every time they need to make copies.

After receiving a recommendation from the finance committee, council approved the purchase.

The new copier will be purchased on a 36-month lease and will include full service for the life of the lease. Service will include all parts, labor, service calls and one drum replacement per year.

There is a $1 purchase option at the end of the lease term.

“We expect this copier to serve the department for a long time,” town manager Don Wood said during the committee meeting.

According to staff, Town Hall purchased a copier from the same company eight years ago under a lease/purchase agreement and it is still functioning.

Council also approved a capital expenditure request from the Electric Department for a new Digger Derrick truck.

According to town documents, $190,000 was budgeted for a new truck during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

In November 2013 council approved $74,800 for a new truck, but the truck was subsequently bought before the Town of Winnsboro could purchase it.

William Medlin requested an additional $21,700 to purchase a 2007 digger derrick truck that costs $96,5000.

Council did approve the differential of funds. The cost of new digger derrick truck can reach as high as $200,000.

Wood noted that the additional funds would be taken from the operational budget.

Medlin stated that the department would attempt to sell the current truck, which has been taken out of commission.

Upon the recommendation of the finance committee, council tabled a capital expenditure request from the Streets and Sanitation Department.

Billy Castles requested the purchase of new work truck to replace a 1991 Chevrolet that has been taken out of service due to excessive maintenance costs.

Finance Director Kathy Belton recommended that the committee hold off purchasing a new truck until the new budget in June, since the funds were not budgeted last year.

“We don’t want to be strapped for cash,” she stated. “We’ve been spending a great deal keeping infrastructure running and I think it would be better to hold of on spending more.”

Wood seconded the recommendation after Castles said the department could handle waiting.

“We can do what we have to do to get by,” he stated.

Near the end of the finance committee’s meeting, on behalf of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, Community Development and Grant Administrator Connie Shackelford asked the committee to approve a funding request for the upcoming Ag and Art Tour on June 21.

Council has set aside a $10,000 allotment for the Chamber of Commerce and according to Shackelford, there is still $6,000 left in that account.

The committee approved $2,000 to support the Ag and Art Tour.

Fairfield County Council threw $3,000 in the pot as well.

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