LAMPASAS — Approaching the end of the fiscal year, the City Council approved more than $270,000 in small-item purchases.
“We took a look at the budget, and saw we had some surpluses. At the same time, purchasing them took some stress off of next’s year’s budget,” said City Manager Finley deGraffenried, shedding some light on the dozen or so items that came before council.
The three biggest ticket items purchased were all vehicles for various departments.
The council approved $33,506 for a 2015 Ford Interceptor for the Lampasas Fire Department, $115,393 for three 2014 Chevrolet Tahoes for the Lampasas Police Department and $44,750 for an all-wheel dumper for the cemetery.
“Two will be patrol units, one will be a supply vehicle,” said Lampasas Police Chief Tim Angermann, explaining the police vehicles purchased. “We’d like to make this accelerated purchase. It was going to be presented to y’all next year, but since we discussed this, we wanted to do it tonight.”
The purchases were approved at a meeting Monday.
The Lampasas Municipal Library also received $5,383 for drainage problems caused by design flaws in its roofing construction. Meeting with officials in a workshop before the council’s regular meeting, the library also will request additional funds in the tens of thousands range at the council’s next meeting due to misquoted roofing figures.
The previous roofing construction bid approved did not incorporate the library’s addition.
The council also approved an additional $10,000 to hire sub-consultants to iron out the foundation for the new 3,600-square-foot council chamber set for construction this fall.
JNW Architects, the firm on the project, said there possibly would be cracking issues if the city did not lay out designs before construction.
Other items included police car cameras, police radar guns, police computers, a mower, chair purchases for the new council chambers and approval for curbing construction set for the new council chambers.