Mayor Randy Stephens had asked about adding a couple of cameras to the existing system in city hall, adding a camera system at the city-owned golf course and another system at the armory, which serves as a base for the city’s street department and storage for city vehicles.
Stephens said he asked three companies for bids, but only received bids from two companies. He also requested a bid from Red Star Security Systems, but said he did not receive a bid from them. Council member Richard Lovelady, who is partial owner in Red Star, said he wanted to check with the Ethics Commission before he did anything and the bid request did not specify a date.
Lovelady also questioned the fact that the bids for the project were opened outside the presence of the council, after discussions at the last council meeting led to an agreement to open sealed bids at the meetings.
Stephens said the project did not meet the standards from the state to require bids. The council voted to table the security cameras once again, with Stephens casting the lone dissenting vote because he wanted to move on the issue instead of tabling it again.
In other business:
•The council voted to pay the park’s power bills. Previously the three power bills for the municipal park were paid by the park fund, but last year the park was informed by the previous city clerk that they could no longer conduct fundraisers. Stephens said this put the park in dire financial straits and asked the council to consider funding options for the park.
•The council voted to purchase a table at the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County’s luncheon.