City Council waivers bid process for $34K police truck


Rob Le Cates

Charleston City Mayor Brandon Combs talks to City Manager Scott Smith before the start of the Tuesday City Council meeting.

Madelyn Kidd, News Editor

The Charleston City Council unanimously approved wavering bid procedures to facilitate a new $34,921 police truck through a single-source vendor rather than the comparable state bid price at Tuesday’s meeting.

The council voted 4-0 to waive the bidding process on the purchase of a new police truck to replace a 2014 Ford F-150 police truck, which will be traded in for the new truck. 

Pilson Auto Center and the state’s quotes for the price of the new truck were comparable, so the city is planning to go with Pilson Auto Center’s quote.

The Pilson Auto Center quote is $34,921 for the new truck.

The council approved to waive the bidding procedure for the police truck unanimously.

The council voted unanimously to make the proposed city budget for the fiscal year starting May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023 available for public inspection until April 19.

Paper copies of the proposed city budget will be made available for review at the Carnegie Library and City Hall beginning Wednesday.

The proposed budget will also be available online.

The Council unanimously approved temporary street closures for Sept. 24 during the CCAR Lincoln Lap 3K Run/Walk.

The 3K will begin at the Charleston library and go North on 6th Street, East on Monroe to 7th Street, South on 7th Street to First Financial Bank, West across the bank’s North parking lot and then runners will head North on 6th Street back to the library.

Runners will be in the bicycle lane on the roads going in the direction against traffic.

The roads will not be completely closed with volunteers directing traffic, so they are aware of the runners and the runners are aware of traffic.

Volunteers will be on Harrison Ave, Polk Ave, on the square and in the bank’s parking lot.

Brooke Ferguson’s appointment to the Charleston Carnegie Library Board of Trustees for a three-year term by Mayor Brandon Combs was also approved unanimously by the council.

The council approved the mayor’s proclamation to make the week of April 3 to April 9 National Library Week in Charleston for 2022.

“I encourage all residents to visit the Charleston Carnegie Library this week to connect with all of the wonderful library resources available at your Library,” said Combs in his proclamation.

All consent items on the agenda were unanimously approved, which included Combs’ proclamation.


Madelyn Kidd can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].