EATON — Preble County Emergency Management Association (EMA) is working on replacing its radiator, which is approximately 20 years old. During a Preble County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, EMA Director David Anderson asked the board for a recommendation regarding what quote to accept, as one is significantly lower than the others, but does not come with the reputation attached to the other two companies.
Buckeye Power does preventative maintenance on EMA’s generator. Last time they had a checkup, they found out there was a coolant leak. After investigation, it was found the radiator was bad and needed to be replaced.
Anderson asked if it could be repaired, but Buckeye Power noted, the radiator has been in for approximately 20 years and could have future issues if simply repaired.
Buckeye Power sent a quote to replace the radiator for approximately $2,000. Anderson sought two additional quotes, one which was similarly priced, and the other from PM Technologies, which was $600 less. He wanted the board’s advice on which quote to choose.
“I worry sometimes when someone is a lot less than someone else, and I’ve never dealt with this company before. I called them up and told them they were the lowest quote, because of how long they were going to charge to put the radiator in. The radiator is the same one and same cost through all three quotes,” Anderson said.
“They told me as long as it wasn’t in a real tight enclosure they would stick with their quote. I’m asking you guys for advice, I’ve never used this company before and they are $600 less than what the other two are.”
He added, he knows of the reputation of the other two companies and would trust them implicitly.
The board recommended he seek customer references from PM Technologies before coming to a decision. If he chooses a quote that was not the lowest, he will have to write a letter to the board explaining why he wanted a different company.
Anderson also reported, the mitigation plan is complete, but EMA must finish grant paperwork and reimbursement. They also submitted an FY2018 EMPG Application and are working on reimbursements.
LEPC is planning for FY2018 Hazmat Exercise. They also have scheduled Shelter in Place for three elementary schools and have two more schools to schedule.
Anderson had nothing to report for CERT, besides a successful and busy year.
EMA has received FY2017 EMPG seventh quarter reimbursement in the amount of $10,579.54. They did not utilize utilize $5,115.23 of that grant, so it has been de-obligated. The grant is considered closed.
In other news:
•The board authorized a county credit card for the Sheriff’s Office. There are currently seven to 10 cards in use at this point.
•The board authorized an expenditure in the amount of $6,250 for Job and Family Services for the purchase and installation of a National Webcheck fingerprint scanner.
•The board noted receipt of and considered approval by signing an agreement referencing the National Webcheck Program Services and equipment agreement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for Job and Family Services.
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