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Danny’s Automotive added back to Ferris’ vendor list

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FERRIS - After being taken off the vendor list for the City of Ferris for more than two years, Danny's Automotive was reinstated as an acceptable vendor during Monday's council meeting.

No one from Danny's Automotive made any formal presentations to the city requesting the company be allowed to work on city vehicles again, but Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Pontley asked the item be placed on the agenda for the council to consider and possibly take action on.

On May 3, 2004 the previous city council removed Danny's Automotive as a vendor for the city because the company was not submitting bills in on a timely manner and had been asked several times to submit them sooner.

According to the former officials, bills were submitted months after the work had been done on vehicles with no explanation detailing what services had been completed.

They said some of the city's employees couldn't remember why the vehicles had been taken in for repair by the time the invoices were submitted.

Some bills were delivered to the city demanding payment for services which had been conducted during the prior fiscal year.

After Danny's Automotive was taken off the vendor list, its owner sued the city for several unpaid invoices.

When city officials researched the payment history it was discovered some of the submitted bills had already been paid. The city settled, but details of the settlement were not released.

Mayor Jim Parks told council members he met with owner Danny Satterwhite and his oldest son James earlier in the day and Danny Satterwhite expressed his appreciation the council would consider allowing the company to do business with the city again.

Parks said he was informed James Satterwhite had taken over the day-to-day operations of the business.

Councilman Gary Ross said he supported using a local business to provide mechanical work for the city's vehicle fleet.

'I personally have a problem with us going to Red Oak using extra time and gas to get parts,' he said.

Councilmen Rick Barrett and Billy Don Dunn said they didn't mind approving it, but wanted to make sure all bills would be submitted promptly.

Ross told City Manager Gus Pappas to just inform the Satterwhites how payments should be submitted.

'He will be treated like all other vendors,' Pappas said.

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