The Thomson City Council voted Feb. 10 to buy four new vehicles. Bobby Jones Ford of Augusta was the successful bidder in all three categories.
Two F-150 pickups for meter reading were purchased for $15,812.35 each. One will be paid for by the water department and the other by the gas department.
The other bidder was Culpepper Ford of Thomson, at $17,396.35 per truck.
"I would like to go with the local bidder here, but there's a lot of money on the table," Mayor Kenneth Usry told the council.
The council also bought an F-150 for the fire department for $16,112.35. The Culpepper bid was $17,696.35.
The council bought an F-250 with topper and lights for the fire department. Bobby Jones Ford submitted the only bid, at $27,685.05
On another matter, the council learned that the city's contract for private probation services needs to be renewed. CSRA Probation Services Inc. had agreed to a one-month extension through March to allow the council to consider the contract.
Company president Michael Popplewell was on hand for the decision. He told The McDuffie Mirror he is prepared to work with the city on the length of the new contract.
The council accepted City Administrator Don Powers' recommendation to approve a beer and wine license for the Dawg House Grill at 931 Augusta Highway.
The application was received after the agenda was prepared, but the council added the request to its agenda. The restaurant opened in August.
The Rev. John Smalley abstained from the council vote.
The council also reappointed two veteran members to the Thomson-McDuffie Economic Development Authority. Lem Brooks and Larry Thomson had confirmed their availability for new five-year terms.
"I feel like these two gentlemen have served us well and will continue to serve us well," Mr. Usry said before the vote.
George Otis Hughes also represents the city, with a term continuing through 2012. Mr. Usry serves on the development authority as an ex-officio member while in office. The term of John Perryman, who is appointed jointly by the city and the council, also continues through 2012.
County commissioners this month appointed Commissioner Paul McCorkle to the authority, taking the post that had been held by former mayor Bob Knox Jr. McCorkle's term continues through 2016. County appointee Riley Stamey's term continues through 2012; Stamey is development authority chairman. Dr. Curtis L. Pickard represents the county, and his appointment continues through 2014.