Gordon questions Crestview purchase requests; stresses need to buy local

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Thomas Gordon, Crestview City Council

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Councilman Tom Gordon wants city departments to purchase equipment and supplies from local businesses as much as possible.

Gordon, referring to three otherwise routine purchase approvals from the March 24 consent agenda, sought assurance that local vendors were allowed to bid on them.

Assistant Public Works Director Carol Jones assured Gordon that his department accepted bids from local and regional bidders for baseball uniform shirts needed for the March 31 season openers.

"We want to give the bid to a local person, but we also look to save as much money as we can for the taxpayers," Jones said.

The winning bid of $8,600 for 1,013 uniforms was submitted by Signs Galore, a Crestview company, which handily beat the next closest bid of $13,665 plus shipping by an out-of-town vendor.

Purchase of a $17,288 Toro Pro 5040 ball field conditioner was necessitated by the current 1996 machine's frequent breakdowns that cost more to repair than the machine is worth, Jones said.

With baseball registration at more than 1,000 players — topping last year's 774 — a reliable machine is needed to maintain Durrell Lee Park's ball fields for 504 games in 10 weeks, Jones said.

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