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County set to act on vehicle services contract
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Commissioners will meet today at 3 p.m. at the county administrative complex for their only scheduled meeting of the month. The Oct. 2 meeting was canceled since it coincided with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia convention. Commissioners coupled with that a planning retreat.

On their agenda today, Effingham County commissioners will look again at talking to an architect for their current building projects. They also will discuss a possible addition to the animal control facility and will discuss the vehicle maintenance agreement with First Vehicle Services.

The county has been on a month-to-month contract with OMI’s vehicle services branch since that pact ran out.

Commissioners and other county officials have expressed dissatisfaction with vehicle maintenance under that branch of OMI and advertised for a request for proposals. That contract with OMI is separate from the one the county has with the firm to do road work.

The county has a fleet of nearly 380 vehicles.

County staff reviewed what it would take to conduct vehicle maintenance in house and narrowed the proposals down to First Vehicle Services, All Star and Penske. First Vehicle Services had the contract before the county opted to go with OMI.

Also at their last meeting, Effingham County officials brought up having talks with Republic Waste Service on a new garbage service contract soon.

County commissioners are hoping to get some savings by having one contractor for garbage pickup in the county and the cities.

“Most of the opinions were that we need to work with Republic and try to make them better,” Commission Chairwoman Verna Phillips said at the commissioners’ Sept. 18 meeting.