Gordon questions Crestview purchase requests; stresses need to buy local

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

While no local vendor carried the type of machine needed, a local Toro equipment dealer may qualify for credit for the sale from the regional supplier, Jones said.

Gordon also questioned the fire department's purchase of five sets of firefighter turn-out gear for $8,360 after "uniforms" had been specifically removed from the department's tight budget.

Fire Chief Joe Traylor explained the purchase was a matter of firefighter safety, was made to replace worn-out gear and was not considered a uniform. No local vendors sell the equipment, he said.

Councilman Shannon Hayes said he saw the need to monitor city expenses and purchases, but as a council, "I think we micromanage too much stuff within our city."

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