Oct 302013

By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Town Council unanimously approved a motion to recommend to the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control the approval of a Class 10 liquor license for beer and wine off premise consumption Oct. 22.
“Liquor licenses are issued through the state, but in the process of issuing those licenses there is a request for consideration by the local governing body,” explained Town Manager Paul Watson, noting that this would be the council’s opportunity to make comments.
The council opened and closed the public hearing with little discussion.
There were no comments from the public, but Councilman Kerry Ballard asked if this was a trend or if this was a first for a Dollar General to have a liquor license.
The new district manager for Dollar General, Tom Reissig, introduced himself and said that this will be the sixth of 10 stores that he manages to have a liquor license, with licenses for two more stores pending.
In other business, Town Engineer Rob Emmett had requested the purchase of a printer (plotter/scanner) at the Sept. 24 council meeting, and Councilman Stuart Hensley asked if he had requested a bid from Perfect Printz in Snowflake.
Emmett said he was not aware that they sold this type of printer, noting that he would request a bid.
Last week Emmett thanked Hensley for the advice, then requested approval to purchase an HP Designjet T2500 from Perfect Printz for $8,489 and a one-year service contract for $395.
Town staff members contacted the initial vendors and two were non-responsive. The third gave a bid of $9,325 with a trade-in, and a three-year contract for $2,399.
Ballard moved to approve the bid, noting, “I was happy that council wanted to go locally.”
During the discussion Councilwoman Bev Kay suggested they look into renting the printer.
Hensley, Emmett and Watson said they felt the cost would be much higher since there is a per-page charge.
Kay said that because of changes in technology, she felt renting would be a better option than purchasing.
Ballard amended his motion to have Emmett look into the cost of renting/leasing as opposed to purchasing.
Emmett will talk to Perfect Printz and give the information to Watson, and then make a decision. Ballard’s motion left it up to staff to decide whether to purchase or lease the printer.
The motion passed unanimously.