Council to vote on safety contracts

November 28, 2017

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington City Council will vote on a number of contracts during its upcoming meeting in order to purchase protective gear for the police department as well as security enhancements for the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The council meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in council chambers at City Hall.

Among the contracts up for a vote are three that would enable the Huntington Police department to purchase protective body armor, body armor plates and SWAT helmets.

Atlantic Tactical Inc. of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, had the lowest bid of $49,645.20 for the protective body armor, which includes a total 120 units of six different items, according to the contract.

The city has recommended the contract for 40 body armor plates be awarded to Bob Barker Company of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. The total cost for the plates would be $16,410.

The low bidder for the 60 SWAT helmets was Lawman’s & Shooters’ Supply Inc. of Vero Beach, Florida, at a total cost of $29,763.60.

Council members will also vote on two contracts for the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The first contract of $38,350.42 will go toward the purchase of crowd control barriers. The recommended contractor is MOJO Barriers of Manheim, Pennsylvania.

The final contract would allow the arena to purchase a walkthrough metal detector. Galls LLC of Lexington, Kentucky, had the lowest bid at $44,729.12.

All five of the contracts are being paid for by grants from the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the U.S Department of Homeland Security, which council members approved at a previous meeting.

Even though the grants have already been approved by council, city attorney Scott Damron said the individual contracts must also be approved by council since they are more than $15,000.

Council will also vote on an amendment to the current fiscal year’s budget that would account for this additional grant money.

In other business, council members will vote on a resolution allowing the city to pay for its fall street paving project, which was completed by a contractor for the state of West Virginia.

Fall paving, which began in October, consisted of 29 sections of roadway totaling 3.31 miles.

The fall program cost approximately $850,000. The approved budget for fiscal year 2017-18 includes $1.6 million for paving, meaning there will be approximately $750,000 left for paving projects that will occur in spring 2018.

Council members will also vote on a resolution to expend roughly $25,000 in unused Community Development Block Grant funds from fiscal years 2013-14 and 2015-16.

If left unused, Scott Lemley, the executive director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, said the funds will be recaptured by the federal government.

Lemley is recommending that the funds be allocated to two programs, using input from the council’s development committee.

The first allocation would go to the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington in the amount of $7,520 and would be used to pay for lighting upgrades to make the building more energy efficient.

The remaining $17,080 would go to the Huntington Fire Department to purchase updated safety equipment at three stations serving predominately low-and moderate-income residents of the city.