(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Board of Works Monday afternoon approved the placement of two new street lights.
The board approved the request of Doug Kellams and Chief Dennis Parsley to place one between the Bedford Little Theater building and 19th Street on Brian Lane on the same side of the street as the cemetery.
The second was approved after a request by Linda Smith and Chief Parsley at 303 Leatherwood Road across from the parking area of the New Otis Park Soccer Field.
In other business the Board:
* Opened bids to provide gasoline for city vehicles in 2014. The city received two bids; one from Mullis Petroleum and the other from Superfleet or Speedway. The city awarded the bid to lower of the two, to Mullis Petroleum.
* Opened one bid for the sale of a 1979 Aerial Fire Apparatus from the Bedford Fire Department. Bob Davis, from Sunny Acres Drive, offered to purchase the vehicle for $7,300. The board accepted the bid.
* Opened three bids for the purchase of three 2014 Tahoe police vehicles. The winning bid was from Hubler Chevrolet Buick GMC of Bedford for $33,467.12.
* Approved the request for McIntyre Brothers to bi-yearly inspect the city's 10 emergency tornado warning systems for 2014. Chief Dennis Parsley says the upkeep is a big job.
"We have had problems with woodpeckers and squirrels building homes in the poles," Parsley says. "We have also had some battery issues."
* Approved the request by Mayor Shawna Girgis for authorization to obtain appraisals for the Jackson County Branch Bank at 1515 K Street.
"We were approached by bank officials that they had vacated the building," Girgis says. "We just want to explore our options."
* Approved a request from TASC Director Melanie hacker for the approval of a tentative agreement for Occupational Health Services to satisfy INDOT requirements for the TASC Department.
"This way if we need medical testing on a driver during not office hours we can get it done," Hackler says.
* Approved the request the renewal of the annual White River Humane Society agreement to house stray animals from Bedford.
* Heard a presentation and participated in a discussion by Smithville Sales to provide fiber optic connectivity to City Hall, the Fire Department and the Utility Department in addition to 20 MB of dedicated Internet and voice for outlying buildings. The board after a discussion tabled the decision until all the figures on cost and details of the plan could be made available.
* Approved the request for Clerk Treasurer Julie Chase to purchase a Keystone software upgrade* for her department.
* Approved the request of Chase to approve encumbrances for several departments.
* Approved the inter-agency agreement for Hoosier Uplands for Andy Wolber to provide IT service for the city.
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