South Boston Public Works and South Boston Fire Department are on their way to receiving new trucks next year thank to the South Boston Town Council.
They unanimously agreed to use American Rescue Plan Act funding to purchase the vehicles when they met Monday.
Council approved the purchase of two freightliner garbage trucks for the cost of $441,604.20 and one Pierce manufacturing Fire/EMS truck at a cost of $578,616.
They had previously requested bids for the purchase of the two garbage trucks and a fire/EMS vehicle in December.
Low birds on the trash trucks were from G S Products Recyclying/Wast Equipment for a 2023 Freightliner M2-106 Fontaine RH Drive only with automatic side loader and 84-inch long hopper that includes fire extinguisher, smart light package, triple camera system and delivery for $220,828.88.
They also provided a bid for a 2023 Freightliner M2-106 with Fontaine Dual Stand Drive Conversion that includes an 84-inch Hopper, fire extinguisher, smart light package, camera system and four cart rippers delivered for $220,775.32.
The low bid for the new fire/EMS vehicle was from Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Inc. for a Pierce Manufacturing fire/EMS truck for $591,866. This truck is expected to have a life span of 20 plus years.
Delivery is estimated to be no earlier than the spring of 2023.
The town can pay $578,616 within 15 days of contract signing and receive a $13,250 discount making the final price $578,616, according to town manager Tom Raab.
The total cost for the two trucks is $1,020,220.20, and can be covered using American Rescue Plan Act funding.
The town had originally budgeted $1,050,000 for the trucks.
Council also approved two resolutions Monday, one to honor South Boston deputy fire chief Dwight Spangler upon his retirement and another for appreciation to Field Thomas for 21-years of service on the South Boston Planning Commission.
Spangler retired from the South Boston Fire Department on Jan. 1 after 25 years of distinguished service, as sated in the approved resolution.
“During his career with the South Boston Fire Department, Deputy Chief Spangler displayed through the performance of his duties the highest standards of personal ethics, professional competency and dedication, whereby achieving the rank of Deputy Chief in 2010,” it further states.
He attended the Virginia Fire Marshall Academy in 2018 and became the first certified Fire Marshall for the town of South Boston.
Thomas served on the South Boston Planning Commission from January 2000 to December 2021.
“Over the twenty-one years, Mr. Thomas donated his time and expertise, demonstrating an outstanding level of service and dedication to his community,” his approved resolution states.
While on the commission, he served as chairman and vice chairman.
Council also set the meeting schedule for 2022 with meetings remaining on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in council chambers on Yancey Street.
In other action, they also reviewed information on a public hearing that South Boston Planning Commission will hold on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., and South Boston Town Council will hold another public hearing on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in council chambers.
The public hearing is on a special use permit application from Stanley Jeffress to allow dwelling units in buildings existing at the time of adoption of this article, in a B3 Central Business District at 604 North Main Street.