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City OKs breaker purchase

April 1, 2014

By Josh Presley

The West Point Board of Selectmen accepted a bid for four new circuit breakers for the Bryan electric substation during a special-called meeting Friday at City Hall in West Point.
The board accepted the bid from Garner Lumley Electric Supply in Hattiesburg and the cost of the circuit breakers will be $89,128.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said normally expect the price on those to come between $22,000 and $24,000 each and that the cost of these circuit breakers was on the lower end.
“To get four of them for $89,128 is a pretty good bid,” Jones said. “If they were $24,000 a piece that would cost the city $96,000.”
Jones said that Garner Lumley will assemble the breakers and have them delivered in 16 weeks.
The board also authorized the city to apply for a $35,000 Urban Youth Grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Jones said the city has applied for the grant every year for the past few years and have always been successful in getting it.
“It’s to fund part-time employment for kids between 18 and 24 years of age,” Jones said. “They work for six or eight weeks in the summer and get paid a little bit.”
West Point City Clerk Delores Doss said the young employees will likely work in public works and local parks.
The board also approved the National Incident Management System, which Jones said both the city and county are required to take part in as part of an annual Mississippi Emergency Management System Agency audit.

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