"As all of you know, we were going to purchase the property contingent on the title, a survey and a Phase I Environmental Report," CCS Superintendent Kim Tucker told those in attendance. "We were not able to receive all the items needed, and I plan to receive legal counsel before the purchase is made."
The board voted unanimously in favor of tabling the purchase of the property, with Vice President Tina Heffner making the motion and board member Amy Burke Adams giving the second.
"I would just like to clear up a rumor that part of the property was purchased out from underneath us," Adams said. "That is not true. We have not been deceived. We want to do what is in the best interest of the corporation and taxpayers long-term. We are not here to pander to any certain employees. Employees come and go, as do boards come and go."
During the discussion of the motion, board member Forrest Buell voiced his opinion as well.
"I'd still like to see all the questions I presented during last month's meeting answered before we make a final decision about the property," Buell said. "We need to know what it does and doesn't have."
According to board agenda items, the corporation was planning to purchase the property at a cost of $225,000, which has been "set aside in the Rainy Day Fund for quite some time ..."
Meanwhile, the board also discussed other transportation issues.
During the November school board meeting, CCS Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger requested the purchase of a new maintenance service truck to be used as a multi-purpose vehicle.
Reberger explained to those in attendance the number of employees is outnumbering the number of service vehicles.
"We only have four trucks we are able to use," he said.
He added although they have one service truck in running condition, it isn't roadworthy due to chassis issues.
"Even if we fixed the current problem with the truck, we can't attach a snow plow to it," Reberger said. "We'd like to buy a truck we can put a snow plow on when needed, and be able to use it as a service vehicle when the weather's not bad."
The transportation office asked the board approve the request to purchase a Bowen Ford 2011 F250 Super Duty 4x4 pickup at a cost of $23,726 with funding coming from the General Fund.
However, board member Ron Scherb suggested the board consider looking into a diesel option, making an argument about the longevity of a diesel versus a gasoline engine.
Board member Jennifer Kaelber agreed.
Reberger said the problem tends not to be with the vehicles' engines but with the wear on the vehicle's body after long periods of performing strenuous jobs in harsh weather.
After discussing various possible motions, board members voted to table the decision until its next meeting.
When the board reviewed the list of options in the board packet, they decided going with the diesel option was not as economically conservative as sticking with gasoline engines.
The board voted unanimously in favor of purchasing a 2012 Chevy Silverado HD 2500 for $23,861 to be used as a snow plow and maintenance vehicle.
Heffner made the motion and Adams gave the second.
In addition to the new vehicle purchase, the board also voted unanimously in favor of repairing the 1999 Dodge maintenance vehicle for continued corporation use for light jobs. The total cost for the repair will be approximately $4,500.
In other news, CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner gave the school board members a copy of the school bus maintenance report for a bus the corporation currently uses.
"As you can see, we log everything we do to that bus from the day it comes into our possession to the day we no longer have it," Misner said.
Misner explained some state laws and regulations for retiring a school bus have changed over the years.
"There used to be a 10-year plan, eight years of service and two years as a backup, but it's changed to a 12-year plan," Misner said. "The buses that stay in town are used for 10 years and two years as spares. The buses on the rural routes are inspected and rotated as needed."