Bay St. Louis (MO) Fire Apparatus Purchase Undecided

A special meeting to discuss the purchase of a fire truck called by Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame was adjourned before it even began.

Lana Noonan, Hancock County Alliance for Good Government chairman, read aloud “Title 25 Chapter 41 Sec. 5” of the open meeting laws and said the council was in violation by having the meeting. It said the public must be given a five-day notice of a meeting.

“I called this special meeting because there is an opportunity to get the engine delivered earlier than we anticipated,” Fillingame said. “I wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page prior to giving the green light (on delivery).”

The council approved the budget Sept. 12 and Ward 5 Councilman Joey Boudin said, “The council did budget it, but we did not approve the purchase.”

The council approved $60,000 in capital expenses for the fire department. Of that amount, $48,000 is rebate money from the state Fire Commission, said Council Clerk Jane Carrow. City money makes up the remaining $12,000.

“The council told Pam (Fire Chief San Fillippo) to get specifications on trucks, pricing and financing options,” Boudin said. “The next thing we know, it’s been ordered.

“City Council approved the budget, not the purchase,” Boudin said. “They kind of put the cart before the horse on this one.”

A purchase order was issued Oct. 28 to “Ferrara Fire Apparatus” for one, “new ladder truck” in the amount of “$534,000.”

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