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County bids tractors online

During their Sept. 6 meeting, McDuffie County Commissioners approved the use of an electronic bid process for the first time.

After holding online auctions of surplus items earlier this year, the county is expanding its efforts to handle more and more business over the internet with this latest move.

The public works department is in need of two farm tractors/mowers. County officials advertised for bids in accordance to law, but instead of the bids coming in paper form, they will be submitted electronically.

During a 30-minute window, companies can submit bids to the county. If the low bid comes in during the end of that window, the time is extended for three minutes to allow other bidders a chance to submit a lower bid.

County officials will be on hand at the new Sweetwater gym meeting room today at 1 p.m. to watch the process play out on a large screen. County Manager Don Norton said the online bidding could end up saving tax dollars on even more equipment in the future.

Park expanded

There will soon be 4.19 acres added to the Sweetwater Park. On Sept. 6, County Commissioners approved $26,000 from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money to purchase the property that is adjacent to the park.

The new acreage could be used for future expansion, but according to Thomson City Councilman and Recreation Board Member Mike Carrington, for now it will remain a buffer to keep light and noise from disturbing residents near the park.

Web posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006

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