Sevierville board approves items to bolster police department

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

At its meeting Monday night, the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved several items related to the Sevierville Police Department.

Police Chief Don Myers came to the board with proposals for the purchase of three police utility vehicles, as well as applications for a Governors Highway Safety Office grant and a Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant.

The department opened the bidding for police utility vehicles on April 2 and had seven bidders. One bidder did not meet the specifications.

The lowest bid — $26,315 from Mountain View Ford — could not place the order for the vehicles due to the end of model year cutoff. The deadline for ordering those vehicles was Monday, the day of the board meeting.

The local low bidder, McNelly-Whaley Ford, was $6 higher than the low bid. That dealer related to the department that it already ordered vehicles that meet the bid specifications, and could deliver those vehicles by June 30.

"So I guess you would call them the lowest qualified available bidder," Myers said.

The window to apply for Governors Highway Safety Office grants opened April 1 and will close April 30.

"Typically (these grants) come in the form of equipment and overtime," Myers said. "Basically, we have a long list of equipment and overtime for the officers to do DUI enforcement and those type of things."

The Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest grant will allow the department to be reimbursed for half the cost of the vests it purchases.

"We apply for this every year," Myers said.

This year, the department will apply for at least 15 vests. Each vest is good for about five years, Myers said.

In new business, the board also approved:

  • A contract to audit accounts with Brown, Jake & McDaniel, PC in the amount of $58,210
  • Expenses in excess of $5,000 for CDW in the amount of $6,921 plus shipping, and Hydro Flow Products in the amount of $6,376 plus shipping

In old business, the board approved:

  • A resolution to adopt a plan of service for property proposed for annexation by Ordinance O-2013-006 (Middle Creek Road)
  • An ordinance to temporarily suspend certain ordinances concerning overnight camping, on-street parking and signage during the Bloomin BBQ and Bluegrass Event on May 16-19, third reading
  • An ordinance to annex certain territory of property lying near Middle Creek Road, third reading
  • An ordinance to amend the zoning map of the city of Sevierville to place the C-3 (Intermediate Commercial Zoning Designation) upon property lying near Middle Creek Road, third reading
  • An ordinance to amend the zoning map of the city of Sevierville to rezone property from R-1 (Low Density Residential District) to C-3 (Intermediate Commercial District) on Middle Creek Road, third reading
  • An ordinance to contract the corporate boundaries in vicinity of right-of-way of Interstate 40, second reading

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