Board seeking bids for police equipment

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously last week to advertise for bids on police equipment and seek reimbursement through a state grant.
Board members took the action during their Sept. 19 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Billy Ray Morris and seconded by Alderman John Troncone.
Mayor Chris Goodman and the police department are authorized to perform the legal bidding process necessary to acquire and install the equipment up to an amount of $20,000, and to apply for a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to offset the General Fund expenditures.
After the board awards the bid, the mayor and police department will be authorized to seek reimbursement from the grant for the equipment purchase and installation, as well as for overtime paid in the police department as it is accrued in an amount up to $5,000.
During discussion before the vote, Goodman said the board received a similar grant last year that was used to replace some of the radar equipment in the police cars.
While acknowledging that it is a 100-percent grant, he noted that the board must advertise for and award a bid, then purchase and install the equipment before it can be reimbursed for the cost.
The mayor also said the police department will specify overtime hours that were paid for something related to highway safety, such as a “checkpoint.”  oaklandseal