CALUMET CITY | The City Council on Thursday approved nearly $395,000 in purchases and equipment repairs for the Police and Fire departments.
The largest purchase was $339,950 for a fire training simulator. Corona, Calif.-based Fireblast Global is the manufacturer, and the city is using money from a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the purchase.
For the Police Department, the council approved a $29,721.22 purchase from Ray O’Herron Co. of west suburban Lombard for Taser equipment. Aldermen also approved a second purchase from O’Herron for ballistic vests valued at $8,170.
The city also will spend $12,327 to replace the sump system and pumps on the sewer system for the Police Department headquarters, 1200 Pulaski Road. Chicago-based Daugherty Sales Inc. will provide the equipment and installation.
The council also approved payment of a $5,000 deductible to River Oaks Auto for repairs to a police vehicle that was in a collision June 9.
According to a memorandum from the city Purchasing Department, an officer was responding to an emergency situation when the driver lost control and struck a street sign. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $6,590.73.
In other business, the City Council approved an agreement with Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance to cover the policies for municipal employees from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2014. Aldermen also approved a dental insurance proposal with Ameritas for the same time period.
A memorandum from city Personnel Director George Vallis noted life insurance policies are provided under a two-year agreement with Metlife, and action by the City Council to renew will not be necessary until next year.
The council also approved three contracts with Calumet City Plumbing Co. for emergency sewer repairs on Calumet Way, Crandon Avenue and East End Avenue. The three contracts total just over $16,000.
Aldermen also gave approval for city Clerk Nyota Figgs and a yet-to-be-named city official to partake in professional gatherings.
Figgs is to attend the Municipal Clerks of Illinois Institute and Academy Sept. 22-27 in Springfield. A $542.20 payment to the Springfield Hilton Hotel was approved, along with $550 to the University of Illinois and another $500 directly to Figgs to cover other expenses and travel for the conference.
Also approved was a registration fee for an elected official or city department head to attend the Illinois Municipal League conference Oct. 17-19 in Chicago. The approval caps expenses at $1,500 but requires the participant to submit receipts for expenses to the Finance Department.