Mount Gilead Town Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting last night. Among items taken up was the town’s purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel for its motor vehicle fleet and equipment.
For some time, the town has been purchasing fuel at Swift Island BP on Hwy. 24/27. Town Manager Katrina Tatum said there has been some savings, and she earlier shared information that showed the BP fuels may be better than others for vehicle performance, though the findings of those studies have been disputed by some in the community.
Others have raised objections to the fact that the Town is spending thousands of dollars each month out of town, while retailers in town are paying town taxes.
Without much discussion last night, Commissioners adopted Tatum’s plan to keep a BP credit card, but also obtain one for Marathon, which would facilitate credit purchases at C’s Convenience Store in town. There had been concern about timely receipt of purchase records needed for the town to file for tax reimbursement, but that issue appeared to have been resolved with the use of a credit card instead of in-store credit.
Tatum said having both card accounts would give employees flexibility to purchase where it is most practical and least expensive, especially when traveling out of town on business.