Spending requests before City Council at first meeting of 2019

January 3, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The City Council will hold its first meeting of 2019 at 5:30 p.m. today in City Hall Chambers.

It should be a fairly short meeting and was rescheduled from Tuesday because of the New Year holiday. The City Council usually meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Council members are being asked to approve a contract for purchase and delivery of emulsion used for the City Street Maintenance Program this year, as needed, for up to $667,106.75.

Western Emulsions Inc., based in Tucson, had the lowest bid of the three companies that showed interest in the contract.

Also on the agenda are two requests from BHCPD Chief Brian Williamson to apply for Arizona Department of Homeland Security grants.

One request is to apply for a $54,000 grant that would pay for two long-range acoustical devices, also referred to as LRADs.

The technology is considered superior to bullhorns and public address systems. It would allow for clearer broadcast to people at a lengthy distance.

Williamson explained that the equipment would be useful at such locations as Rotary Park, the Colorado River and to communicate with barricaded subjects.

“The LRAD focuses sound in a 15-to 30-degree beam which allows clear and effective communication over extended distances,” he wrote in his report to the council.

One costs about $37,000 and the other costs $17,000.

The other grant request is for $40,000 to pay for purchase of a Scan X Scout X-ray system to be used by the Hazardous Device-Bomb team, which is required by the FBI to maintain an X-ray system.

Williamson noted that the department’s existing X-ray system is about 12 years old and no longer being manufactured so replacement parts are becoming scarce.

Both grants would be awarded in October of this year. The BHCPD requests will be written to cover possible product price increases.

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