County Commission no-sales ambulance

Courtesy of The Wiregrass Farmer

The County Commission received two bids for the oldest ambulance in the EMS fleet.

Ryan Ireland bid $401 and Cope EMS (from Tifton) bid $4500. The Commissioners rejected the bids and plan to try to sell the old unit again.

Commissioner Greg Hudgins asked if any of the Commissioners had a price in mind.

Commissioner Daryl Hall said he was thinking in the $10,000 range. If the County can’t get that, ...”this vehicle would be better served at the Road Department than selling for $4,500. We ought to move away from giving away vehicles. If it’s worth $10,000 then we ought to try to get $10,000.”

“You ain’t going to get much out it,” Commissioner Joe Burgess said. “You ain’t going to get much more than 6-7 thousand.”

County Manager Mary Wynn said eBay has ambulances advertised for $10,000

Mr. Hudgins said the old ambulance would be of little use at the Road Department. He said they have plenty of vehicles now. 

Commissioner Brad Calhoun said the board needs to try to sell it again.

EMS Director Robby Royal said the 2002 unit has 205,000 miles on it. He also said $4,500 is not enough for the ambulance. 

“I believe it has a worth between $8,000 and $10,000. It’s a matter of finding a buyer.”

The Board voted to advertise the unit for sale again. 

In other business:

Commissioners approved a $69,427.65 contract with the Tift Judicial Circuit indigent defense. That’s a 2 percent increase from last year.

Tammy Lassiter was the low bidder, $24,700, for janitorial services for County buildings. Her bid undercut Darby Brewer who holds the contract now by more than $3000. The high bid was $39,000.

Ms. Brewer asked to speak to the Commission right after the unanimous vote but Commission Chairman Sam McCard said she would have to wait until the end of the meeting.  Ms. Brewer left.

Ms. Lassiter asked the board to have all the departments provide a list of what they want done.

She also asked if the contract could be extended for two years. Chairman McCard said it can only be for one year.

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