NITRO, W.Va. -- In an effort to speed up city purchases, the Nitro City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance to amend its purchasing procedure.The council voted to increase the spending limit for needing to put a purchase out for bid from $1,000 to $2,500.The $1,000 limit was set 2010, Councilman John Montgomery said."In everything that's happened since that point in time, it was felt we needed to increase the amount of purchases that could be made without the taking of the bid," he said.The amendment would require at least three bids on purchases more than $2,500.
"You really can't buy anything for 1,000 bucks now," Mayor Dave Casebolt said.The council also voted to apply the $8,500 remaining in the coal severance fund to the outstanding balance on three police cruisers.Councilwoman Lori Elkins opened the one bid received on an ADA-compliant pool chair lift.The bid was for about $7,500. Elkins said when the chair lift had been bid before, about a year ago, the two bids received were significantly lower. She said purchasing the chair lift from a catalog would be less expensive than using the bid.Attorney Johnnie Brown said the town did not have to accept the bid, even though it was the only one received. He was going to look into whether the catalog would count as a written bid or not.The purchasing decision was tabled until the council's next meeting.