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Utility Board approves new purchase plan
Board approval not required


Lenoir City Utilities Board approved a new purchase approval policy at its last meeting, Monday, Oct. 18.

Under the new policy, LCUB management will be allowed to approve purchases of items without Board approval, as long as those purchases are within the budgeted amounts. The Board will still approve the budget every year, and will receive quarterly updates on the budget.

“So if you stay within the dollar allocation [in the budget], you can go ahead with the purchase,” LCUB Board member and former Farragut alderman, Joel Garber, said.

For example, if LCUB has approved a $3 million line item in the budget, management can make any purchases necessary within that $3 million without approval from LCUB’s Board.

“If something is unusual or out of the budget, they will be brought back to the Board or they just won’t be purchased,” LCUB general manager Shannon Littleton said.


“There won’t be any games. We won’t take something out of one line item and put it in another. That is not our intent and that will not be done,” he added.

Lenoir City Councilman Bobby G. Johnson Sr. moved to approve the new policy; Board member Pat Beasley seconded.

The new policy was unanimously approved.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved a contract for administrating Community Development Block Grant funding for phase III of the wastewater treatment plant to Community Development Partners LLC

• Approved a professional engineering contract for CDBG funding for phase III of the wastewater treatment plant to Fulghum, MacIndoe and Associates Inc.

• Approved a request for Lenoir City Council to approve a funding resolution for CDBG funding for phase III of the wastewater treatment plant

• Approved new “Work Rules” for the electric department to comply with state and federal regulations

• Authorized the accounting department to open a new bank account for state-required retainage for W&O Construction Company

• Approved refund of a $5,582.99 penalty to Construction Design and Management LLC

• Ratified the sale of nine surplus vehicles, which were sold for a net profit of around $20,000, Littleton said.

“It was less than we anticipated, but we were able to sell some vehicles that were simply in the way,” he added.

 

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