The Quincy Finance Committee recommended Tuesday that the city purchase a new generator for the Police Department, emergency communications and information technologies in City Hall.
The committee agreed to buy the $23,121 generator from LWC of Wentzville, Mo., as long as the company agrees to a contingency that would require the company to guarantee the city would no longer have issues with its backup power supply. The representative for the company is based in Perry, Mo.
Jim Murphy, director of Information Technologies and Purchasing, said the city lost power Monday after lightning struck near City Hall.
“We actually lost two servers and some hard drives,” he said. “It took us all day to get some things back up and running. One of them was email.”
Murphy said the city has been told the problem was with the city’s generator, which doesn’t immediately turnover in a power outage.
“In essence, any time we have a power outage, all the equipment would just drop,” he said.
The generator is $1,300 higher than the lowest proposal, but Murphy said the maintenance contract will be $600 annually, while the maintenance costs for the cheaper model were $1,395 annually.
Alderman Paul Havermale, R-3, said he didn’t have a problem with replacing the generator, but he wanted a guarantee that the problems will be fixed.
“You have a harmonic problem in this building somewhere,” he said. “You could put the best generator in the world in, and be right here in a month. I still believe we have to find the problem before you put a new generator in.”
Murphy said the reports the city received said the problems with the system are from the generator.
The new 65-kilowatt generator would run on natural gas, but it would also have a propane backup. The current 40-kilowatt generator operates off diesel. The city will have to get bids for the installation if the generator is bought.
The committee also agreed to issue Mayor Kyle Moore a city credit card. While in office, former Mayor John Spring also had a city-issued credit card. The city’s credit card policy allows the mayor to have a $10,000 limit.