JAY — A matter of how quickly the Bernice Fire Department could move on the purchase of a tanker truck created concern for the Delaware County Commissioners during their meeting held Monday morning.

Jot Hartley, attorney for the Bernice Fire Department, addressed the board with a resolution passed during the last fire department meeting, declaring an emergency and asking that the competitive bidding process be waived to purchase a used tanker truck located in Erie, PA. According to Hartley, the truck is in excellent, fully-rigged condition and said that the fire department would like to “move on it because they didn’t want to lose it.” He claims that the purchase would save the county about $35,000 to $45,000.

Nick Lelecas, Assistant District Attorney and Purchasing Agent Loretta Kirby, were on hand expressing concerns about waiving the bidding process. Commissioners tabled the matter until both Lelecas and Kirby could review the legalities of the matter.

Not to be swayed from the purchase of the truck, commissioners went on to approve the advertisement for sealed bids on a used tanker for the Bernice Fire Department. Tabled was a motion to accept the lowest and or the best bid on a new tanker truck for the department.

In other county fire department issues, the board approved the advertisement for a pumper/tanker truck the Jay Fire Department.

In other matters Monday morning:

• Advertisement for sealed bids on the sale of equipment for District #3 was okayed.

• Approved was a contract agreement between the Department of Environmental Quality and Solid Waste for a wood chipping machine.

• Commissioners approved the 2008 renewal contracts for alternatives to detention and transportation with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.

• A file cabinet was transferred from the Delaware County Health Department to the Delaware County Emergency Management.

• A Tourism & Recreation Cash Account was created for the Delaware County Court Clerk’s office.

• An attendant care agreement with Deanna Lynn Dickerson was given the nod.

• One bid was received and accepted on a concrete pre-cast span bridge for District #1 in the amount of $36,500 from Spurlock Industries located out of Fayetteville, AR.

• Equipment for District #2 was okayed to salvage or surplus.

• Robert’s Construction won the bid for finish work on the county barn in District #1 in the amount of $39,480.

• Tabled was an approval of utility permit to James Storey for a water line cut in District #2 until Commissioner Cornell could meet with the City of Grove on the project.

The next meeting of the Delaware County Commissioners will be on Mon., March 24 starting at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners Office of the Delaware County Courthouse.