Quincy City Council tweaks emergency generator proposal

Posted: Dec. 26, 2012 9:28 pm Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 10:15 pm

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

Quincy aldermen want to see a new round of proposals for a backup generator for the Police Department, emergency communications and information technologies in City Hall.

"We went back and looked at our load and we don't need an 80 kilowatt generator. We're probably looking at something in the 50 to 60 kilowatt range," said Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks.

An 80 kilowatt generator that was previously bid would have cost about $45,000. In addition, officials previously asked for an exhaust system to ensure that fumes from the generator would be vented away from the Police Department and city offices.

The Quincy Finance Committee had previously decided not to install a 250 kilowatt generator to power the entire City Hall in an emergency. The cost was considered prohibitive at $212,000. The larger piece of equipment would have required moving the generator to the southwest corner of the Police Department and doing $110,000 in electrical upgrades.

Aldermen also voted to accept the quote of Quincy Mack Sales in the amount of $7,450 to replace 10 drivers' seats for Quincy Transit Lines buses. City officials said federal matching funds usually help reimburse mass transit purchases.

Sparks said some of the seats tilt to one side and could cause health problems for the drivers.

In other action the council:

º Adopted an ordinance that adds no parking on the south side of Locust Street between Fourth and Fifth.

º Amended parking rules to eliminate one parking stall near the south entrance to the Kroc Center on Vermont Street between Fourth and Fifth.

º Accepted Ridder's Business Supply's low bid of $14,487.89 for office suppliers with 30 percent off catalog pricing for a one-year contract.

º Accepted the quote of Custom Glass & Glazing in the amount of $3,372 to upgrade the entry door of the City Hall Annex.

º Approved plans to apply for a Tree City USA Application.

º Voted to contract with Pitney Bowes for a Connect Series 2000 Mailing System in the amount of $269 per month for 60 months.

º Voted to assign an airport lease to Niemann Holdings LLC at the request of lease holder Rodney Halfpap.