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Failed bid for police emergency lights in Islip Town
The Islip Town board on Tuesday failed to approve a resolution for bid awards when a motion made by Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt didn’t receive a second from any council member, a rare move for the unified, largely Republican board.
There was only one bid in the final version of the agenda — $20,000 for supply and installation of police emergency lighting packages for the town’s public safety enforcement vehicles. After the meeting, Councilman Anthony Senft said he didn’t second the motion because he wanted to more closely analyze whether $20,000 worth of “takedown” and emergency lights are actually needed on town vehicles.
Senft added that during a meeting at which the board voted, 5-0, to abolish 35 town positions because of massive cuts in the 2013 budget, a $20,000 bid award for emergency lights on town vehicles deserved further scrutiny.
One bid to buy three new public safety vehicles — Ford F250 Super Cabs — for $73,797 from South Shore Motors Corp. in Sayville was removed from the agenda before the meeting started, Senft said, because the town board wants to examine whether it will need them, since the closure of the town’s Islip Harbor police division in 2013 will free up some vehicles.
Later in the meeting, the board voted to approve a $50 usage fee for marriage ceremonies performed at town hall.
Above: Islip Town Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt