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September 23, 2021 City Council Regular Meeting
24. Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Contract for the Purchase of Two Electric Forklifts & Charging Stations (Internal Use) at the Enmarket Arena with Thompson Lift Truck in the Amount of $70,188. Equipment will be Used for Heavy Equipment and Materials. Due to Supply Chain Shortages, Expediting Purchase will Ensure Equipment is in Place for Arena Opening. (Cost Included in Project Budget)
Strategic Priority
Good Government

Recommend approval of a contract to acquire two Hyundai forklifts for the new Enmarket Arena from Thompson Lift Truck (D) in the amount of $70,188.

Currently, Thompson Lift Truck has one forklift in stock with a four-week lead time for the battery and forks to be delivered, the second forklift will have a twenty-four-week lead time. It is imperative that we move forward with this purchase to ensure that we have equipment in place for the opening of the Arena.

The Electric Hyundai forklifts will support arena operations by equipping staff with requisite equipment to setup for events, move heavy equipment/props, and unloading/loading event materials.

The forklifts are powered by an electric motor charged by plugging the machines into an electric charging station. Unlike many forklifts fueled by propane or natural gas, these electric forklifts do not emit any greenhouse gas emission from their operations, thus maintaining healthier indoor air quality for Arena occupants, and directly supporting the City’s 100% Savannah clean energy goals.

This purchase will be made through a cooperative purchasing agreement with Sourcewell. The contract was competitively bid and awarded to Hyundai. The contract, 091520-HCE expires on October 26, 2024. Cooperative purchasing is authorized as an appropriate procurement method in Division 10 Section 4-4152 of the City of Savannah’s purchasing ordinance.         

Thompson Lift Truck (6006 Commerce Blvd., Located in Garden City, GA) (D)      $70,188

(D) Indicates a non-local, non-DBE-owned Business. 




Bret Bell, Chief Operations Officer
Financial Impact
Expenditure of $70,188 from the Capital Improvement Fund
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: Funding Verification - Arena Forklifts
Exhibit 2: Purchasing Notes - Arena Forklifts
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