Furniture update for government center to cost nearly $20,000
By Kim Walter -- email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- The Warren County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion to purchase 32 chairs for the board and caucus rooms at the county government center for the price of $20,689.66
Grants and Special Projects Coordinator Brandy Rosser said the current chairs are extremely dated and need numerous repairs after being purchased over 10 years ago.
"We did have a council member fall out of a chair because it broke," Supervisor Richard Traczyk said.
Councilman Archie Fox agreed that the chairs were in need of an update and referred to them as "a safety issue."
"$20,000, really?" asked Supervisor Tony Carter. "I agree that there's safety concerns, but it's an awful lot," he added, referring to the cost.
Rosser explained that the county recently joined The Cooperative Purchasing Network, which allows government agencies to purchase products at a discounted price. Staff looked at several different options, she said, and decided to go with three different kinds of chairs from BK Office Supply. Through the network, the price of chairs was decreased by 46 percent.
"I worked in design for six year, and I know that you get what you pay for," Rosser said. The price includes labor for delivery and installation of the chairs, as well as a warranty that's good for over 10 years.
"I think it's just too much at this point," Carter said. He was the only supervisor to vote against approval of the purchase, which will be made using reserve for contingencies funding.
In other matters, the Board approved:
• A proposed speed limit reduction, from 45 mph to 35 mph, on a section of Rockland Road after VDOT conducted several speed studies.
• The fiscal year 2012-2013 Capital Improvement Plan, drafted by the Planning and Zoning Department.
• Approved a road name change from Browne Top Way to Mill Ford Road.