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City considering adding trucks, drivers
Council to decide on items Tuesday
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Statesboro City Councilmen will talk new jobs and new equipment when they meet Tuesday for the group’s first scheduled meeting of August.
Officials will review motions that would add to the city’s fleet of service vehicles and create two full-time positions driving them.
The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. in City Hall’s second-floor chambers.
The series of items appearing on council’s agenda would, if passed, result in more than $200,000 worth of new equipment to be procured for city use.
Votes will be taken to: purchase a new truck cab and chassis, with utility body, from Wade Ford, of Smyrna, Ga., in the low-bid amount of $31,775; buy a tractor, for landfill use, from Blanchard Equipment in the amount of $49,850; and purchase two new trash-loader trucks for $124,097.
Funds for the additions were allocated in the 2013 fiscal year budget.
By adding the pair of “knuckleboom” trash trucks, a Public Works effort to more efficiently and regularly clean debris within the city, council will have to consider a motion creating two full-time positions operating them.
The jobs offered would be leaf and limb collection drivers, said Mike Clifton, the city’s sanitation superintendent.
Other items appearing on Tuesday’s agenda include: a motion to contract, in the amount of $57,295, with Smith Steel Structures to erect a steel storage building for the Public Works Department, and a motion to grant Jerry D. Rushing Construction Co. a $99,500 contract to construct a sidewalk on South Main Street between Rucker Lane and an existing sidewalk near Jones Lane Park. The latter project would be paid for with 2007 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
Council also expects to set a public hearing date for the proposed 2012 calendar year ad valorem property tax millage rate of 6.358. The motion on council’s agenda would schedule the meeting for 4 p.m. Aug. 30.
Before adjourning, councilmen will enter into an executive session to discuss personnel matters, according to an agenda preview released by the city. 

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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