by Carol Thompson
Try as they may, members of the Oswego County Legislature’s Infrastructure and Facilities Committee couldn’t find a way to award a bid to a local vendor.
The county received four bids for the purchase of four pick-up trucks for the highway department.
Holselton Chevrolet, Inc. of Rochester was the low bidder at $126,147 while Burritt Motors of Oswego was the second lowest bidder at $128,874.
Legislator Louella LeClair, who is not a member of the committee, said she didn’t understand why the bid couldn’t be awarded to Burritt especially since the difference was only a couple thousand dollars.
She questioned the difference in the sales-tax rate. She was told that government agencies do not pay sales tax.
She then asked about delivery of the vehicles. “Are they going to charge us more for delivery, coming from Rochester?” LeClair asked.
County purchasing director Fred Maxon answered that delivery is included in the price.
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by Carol Thompson
Meeting procedure was once again called to question when a memorializing resolution that had been tabled the previous month had been reintroduced in an amended form.
Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, the legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee met to discuss an amended resolution opposing the International Joint Commission’s BV7 plan to regulate the water levels of Lake Ontario.
Legislator Amy Tresidder questioned the propriety of reintroducing an amended resolution when the legislature had tabled the previous resolution. A tabled resolution must be presented on the floor in its original form.
Tresidder’s comments were disregarded and Legislator Louella LeClair introduced the amended resolution during the legislature session.
Legislator Doug Malone questioned the legality of bringing the amended resolution to the floor. He argued that the same resolution that was tabled is the one must be presented to the floor.
Legislator Dan Chalifoux called for a recess so that the matter could be researched.
Upon the return of the legislature, LeClair moved to un-table the previous resolution followed by a motion to amend the resolution that came out of committee.
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