Lebanon City Council took the first step in raising the city’s purchasing limits.
Councilors voted 5-1, with Kathy Warmath voting against, to ask the state to let them increase the city’s purchasing limit from $5,000 to $10,000.
Currently, purchases costing less than $5,000 can be approved without city council approval. An increase would require a private act in the state legislature to allow the city to amend its charter.
The last such change was in 1989.
“In 1989, it was changed from $2,500 to $5,000,” said City Finance Director Robert Springer. “In one sense, we’re asking for the same kind of limit, it’s just inflation has moved it.”
He said $10,000 in today’s dollars is roughly equivalent to $5,000 in 1989’s dollars.
The change would also increase to $10,000 the limit before sealed bids would be required.
“If this is approved, we’d only have to advertise for anything over $10,000,” said City Attorney Andy Wright.
He said the city would actually save money on advertising costs associated with sealed bids.
In other business, council approved the following:
Appointing Marilyn Bryant to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals;
A Certificate of Compliance for a Retail Package Store, Southern Spirits Discount Liquor & Wine of Lebanon;
A first reading of bids for additions and modifications at the water treatment plant;
Line item transfers for the Jimmy Floyd Family Center for the emergency purchase of a 98-gallon gas water heater to supply all the showers and locker rooms;
A line item transfer for the Sewer Collection Department to recover insurance funds for the cost of sewer pump repairs;
Amending the city zoning ordinance to clarify the Orientation of Structures Section and provide for Planning Commission Discretion;
A first reading to rezone 765 and 785 Coles Ferry Pike from low-density residential to transitional office;
A first reading to amend the density and setback requirements of the Villas at Kensington, a high-density residential planned unit development;