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Erwin board approves bid for Food City traffic signal, fire equipment, other needs

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 8, 2019 at 10:57 PM

ERWIN — The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday unanimously approved bids totaling more than $356,000 for a traffic signal at the new Food City shopping center, updated firefighting equipment, downtown way-finding signs and other improvements.

The expenditures included a $216,274 bid from Progressive Electric of Knoxville for construction of a new red light going in at the Food City entrance at Second Street at the Highway 107 railroad overpass.

The lowest of four bids submitted on the project, the offer includes the installation of a temporary traffic signal in the event a steel shortage delays the project’s completion beyond Food City’s anticipated summer opening.

Vice Mayor Mark Lafever, who made the motion to approve the bid, noted Progressive Electric was also the subcontractor on Erwin’s downtown revitalization project.

The purchase of a total of $110,024 worth of fire equipment was authorized with the board’s approval of two bids submitted by Municipal Emergency Service and Breathing Air Systems.

Fire Chief Darren Bailey said a $73,448 bid from Municipal Emergency Service was the only bid that included all equipment listed in the town’s request for proposals other than the breathing apparatus included in a $36,575 bid from Breathing Air Systems.

Bailey told the board the town allocated $300,000 in this year’s budget for fire trucks and equipment, of which $200,000 was earmarked for recently purchased trucks.

Beyond the remaining $100,000 budgeted, Bailey said Town Recorder Glenn Rosenoff, who was absent from Monday’s meeting, had advised him the additional $10,000 needed for the equipment was also available in budget surplus.

A $30,116 expenditure for downtown way-finding signs came with the approval of a bid by Snyder Signs. Town Communications Specialist Jamie Rice said the bid was one of only two bids submitted, and the only one that met the scope of the town’s request for proposals.

According to Rice, the bid provides or a total of 12 signs, including one on the Second Street corridor from the interstate that will direct visitors to the central business district to the north and to the old downtown district to the south.

The other 11 signs will be placed downtown and will include interchangeable labels that may be purchased by downtown merchants, Rice said.

In other business, the board allocated $4,000 to repair three brick crosswalks and another $4,000 for improved signage, flashing lights and painted hash marks to more clearly distinguish a crosswalk in the school zone on Carolina Avenue.

Police Chief Regan Tilson told the board his department has monitored traffic and student pedestrians at the crosswalk and found a definite need for the improvements.

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