Sussex County Delaware

Council Approves Bids
for Emergency Equipment

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Bids Awarded for UHF
Equipment, Pickup Truck

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GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council awarded several bids for emergency equipment and wastewater facility materials and equipment during its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2000.

Council unanimously awarded bids to Delmarva Communications, Caldabaugh Communications and C&K Tower & Antenna Service for UHF Control Stations and Paging Equipment for the Sussex County Department of Emergency Operations.

Joe Thomas, director of emergency operations, told council that the bids would purchase antennas, cabling, radios, connections, towers, and all other equipment necessary to make the county's 28 fire stations operational.

Included was a bid to address the Delmar Fire Station's unique requirements to be able to communicate both in Sussex County and Wicomico County, Md.

Council awarded a bid of $44,513.70 from Delmarva Communications for most of the work, while awarding bids of $11,218 to Caldabaugh Communications for work to make the Delmar Fire Station compatible with both of the counties it serves and a bid of $7,525 to C&K for the emergency operations center's five towers.

Thomas recommended Delmarva Communications because of its work on the 800Mhz system and C&K because it was the only bidder that does towers of more than 100 feet (the county's towers will all be higher than 300 feet).

Thomas said the original estimate for the three bids was $49,900 but that the Delmar fire department's unique situation hadn't been taken into account. He said the total cost for the project is currently estimated at $462,000.

Council also awarded a bid of $30,271.81 to I.G. Burton for a 3/4 ton, 4x4 Chevrolet extended cab pickup for the communications section of the emergency operations center.

Thomas said the pickup was needed to replace a 1987 van and that the 4x4 capability was necessary because the center's five towers are in remote areas that become treacherous during major storms.

The council's final bid award went to United Electric Supply Co. for $157,250.41 for blower and effluent system materials for the South Coastal Regional Wastewater Facility.

In Other Action ...
  • Council agreed to accept $10,000 from Delaware Health & Social Services for rodent control. County Administrator Bob Stickels said this would be the fifth year for the program and that last year the county used the money on four projects. He said the bulk of the money is used in the county's annual cleanup program by county employees.

  • Council approved requests from three local organizations for funding. Council agreed to give $250 to the Sussex County Stamp Club, $500 to the Delaware Diamonds girls' softball program, and $200 to the Laurel Pop Warner football program. The money comes from the councilmen's discretionary funds.

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