August 5, 2016
The BOC voted 4-Ø (Doug Luke did not attend the 8/1/16 meeting) to approve the purchase of a new Fire Rescue Pumper Truck. After 3 previous attempts, including a bid packet used to favor only one company, the 4th time proved to be the charm.
This video shows discussion of the truck and the “ISO problem”:
The County Manager reiterates that the county has 90 days to correct the ISO problems found in the ISO audit. The ISO problems were discussed, according to Comm. Salmon who sat in on the meeting, on June 17. Therefore, 90 days would bring us to 9/17/16. The County Manager says the downgrade of the ISO rate would mean a rise in insurance rates, and getting a new pumper on the scene would help the ISO rating. (TWG has problems understanding why Comm. Salmon didn’t bring these ISO findings to the full board at their July meeting, rather than waiting until August, and then only after TWG reported he was “the ISO guy.”)
At 2:38 on the video, Comm. Trammell wanted Comm. Salmon to answer a question, stating, “since he knows more about ISO than anyone in the room.” Would that include the fire chief, who was sitting in the room? Obviously, Comm. Trammell thought Comm. Salmon was the ISO guy (point man) for the county, too!
The BOC approved a bid almost $50,000 higher than the low bid in order to get the truck here before 9/17/16. There were 7 bids from 5 vendors. Even though the County Manager made the recommendation to accept the Deep South bid, the E-One pumper, at a cost of $277,524, was approved because it could be delivered sooner. It should be delivered to Jasper County within 30-45 days, which would be by 9/15/16.
Watch this video of the motion and vote:
TWG has asked for a copy of the preliminary ISO audit so we could relay just what problems were found; however, the County Manager said that he had nothing in writing and Fire Chief Slocumb also told him that nothing was left in writing. Somehow, these people (Benton, Salmon, and Slocumb) all know of the ISO audit and rating problems, but there are no emails, no letters, no memos, and absolutely nothing in writing, about exactly what they are. This is strange, indeed!
Citizens, be informed! Stay informed!