Thorsby to purchase new truck

Published 8:22 pm Monday, November 4, 2013

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday gave Public Works Director Terry Jackson authority to purchase a new pick-up truck for his department.

Jackson had already reached out to Alabama’s Division of Purchasing for quotes, and the ones provided ranged from about $20,000 to about $22,000 for a half-ton truck.

The truck that ends up being purchased by the town will likely vary slightly from the quotes provided, Jackson said.

Along with the purchase, Jackson would sell a 2000 Ford Ranger that has been in use for longer than five years. Jackson said he hoped the truck would bring $2,500 to $3,000.

Jackson also reported that the town’s water usage had dropped considerably over the previous weeks.

In other business, the council:

•Scheduled a public hearing for its next meeting, on Nov. 18, to discuss updating the town’s building codes from a 2006 version to a 2012 version in an effort to improve the town’s ISO rating.

•Heard from Mayor Jean Nelson that another bid had been received for replacing the leaky roof at Helen Jenkins Chapel, from Yellowhammer Roofing Inc. Nelson said she would follow up with the company, and report back to the council, about some inconsistencies in its bid compared to what the project would entail.

•Announced that the town’s Christmas Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 7.

•Approved the paying of the town’s bills.