Council approves fire truck bid, discusses pool

The City of California crews takes out a wall of the diving pool before the concrete is to be removed and the area filled with dirt.

The City of California crews takes out a wall of the diving pool before the concrete is to be removed and the area filled with dirt. Photo by David Wilson.

The City of California Board of Aldermen approved a bid for a new fire truck at the regular monthly meeting, Monday, June 4, at the city hall. Aldermen Cameron Freiner and Tony Wineland were unable to be present, making it necessary for a unanimous vote of all four to approve any item.

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A crew from Mid-America Pool Renovation, Inc. applies a coating of Inter-Glass® to the California municipal pool. The coating, which has a 25-year warranty, is a seamless non-skid coating which reduces pool maintenance. The basic coating, with a penetrating resin, is applied by hand.

The bid was selected from four bid proposals received in the rebid approved by the City Council at the May meeting.

The single bid received at that time was rejected at least partially due to concerns that the bid specifications were not generic enough and actually favored a single manufacturer. The F.E.M.A. grant requires the city to follow local procurement procedures. At the May meeting, the consensus of the council and opinion of the city attorney were that the bid specifications sent out may have not been generic enough and in that way failed to meet the grant requirement.

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While the California municipal indoor pool is being renovated, city employees are removing the diving pool which will then be filled with dirt for safety.

For more of this story check out the June 6 issue of the California Democrat.

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