Government and Politics
Akeley City council approves truck bid
After more than 30 minutes of discussion at a special meeting Monday night, the Akeley City Council approved bidding up to $30,000 on a 2011 truck or up to $15,000 on a 2007 or 2008 truck.
The truck is needed before winter, as it will be used for plowing. The city’s old plow truck could be sold to offset the cost.
Police Chief Jimmy Hansen told the council about a truck for sale on MNBid from the city of Minnetonka. The truck is a 2011 with 44,000 miles and a dump box. A plow would need to be added at a cost of about $7,000.
“We need a good second truck before winter,” said Maintenance Supervisor Kelly VandenEykl. “It would also work for hauling rocks and brush. It would make stuff a lot easier if we had a truck with a dump box instead of shoveling out of the back of a pickup. A one-ton would be plenty big.”
Bidding will determine the final price. If the city isn’t awarded the bid on the 2011, they would bid on one of the older trucks. The city has around $18,000 in the roads account and can also tap the enterprise fund.
“It’s a viable necessity purchase,” City Clerk Kristi Kath said.
“You’d probably be looking at $52,000 new,” Hansen said.
“If we’re going to spend money on a plow truck, I think we’d be better getting one with a dump box so we can use it all year,” council member Billy Krotzer said.
Buying one of the older trucks with a plow and using it as long as it runs, then taking off the stainless steel box was also discussed.
“Thank you for doing all the leg work, Jimmy,” council member Bobbie Wosika said. “We really appreciate it.”
The council also approved having irrigation field work done this fall in whatever way VandenEykl decides is most effective. Options discussed were hiring a contractor with his own skid-steer at $100 per hour with city employees hauling the dirt, or renting a skid steer for $340 per day for a minimum of three days and having city employees do all the work. Whatever option is chosen will be paid for with money in the sewer fund.