Thursday, April 15, 2021

Wise move

Romulus will save $16,000 in cost to move court equipment

Equipment and furniture will be moved into
the new 34th District Court building in Romulus.
City of Romulus officials are among the few who have found a silver lining amidst the current health concerns of the COVID-19 health restrictions.

That silver lining is going to save the city about $16,000 in costs to relocate the 34th District Court equipment from the former building into the new courthouse, located in the city hall and library complex. 

During a recent Zoom meeting, Mayor LeRoy Burcroff asked members of the council to approve the waiving of the bidding process and award a contract in the amount of $15,964 for the moving of furniture, files and other items from one court building to the other.

He said the recommendation for using Premier Relocation Services came from Director of Economic Development and Public Service Bob McCraight and that the funding was already allocated in the construction budget.

“The plan had been to use the work release program to move the court,” Burcroff explained, “but with COVID, that program has been halted and we don't know when it will start again.”

McCraight said that was exactly the situation and that initial bids to move the court furnishings and equipment were in the $39,000 range.  He then negotiated an offer from Premier for the $15,964 amount, a savings of about half the anticipated fee. He added that the court staff and administration were very helpful in the situation and that he “appreciated the support.” 

Council members, including Tina Talley and Council President John Barden were vocal in their support of the savings and awarding of the contract.

Waiving of the bidding and contract approval were approved unanimously.