A common theme among presenters at last week’s Grand Rapids City Council meeting was the city’s fleet of vehicles. Mayor Dale Adams announced the first vehicle purchase while reading the consent agenda. The city will purchase a 2017 Mac snowplow truck cab and chassis from Nuss Truck group at a cost of $117,995. The council also voted to install a radio at a cost not to exceed $2,000. Adams said the purchase was anticipated and included in this year’s budget.
The council then voted to solicit quotes for a new pick-up truck. Specifications call for the truck to be 4-wheel drive three-quarter ton crew cab (4-door) vehicle. The truck will have an 800MHZ radio installed by the city’s fleet division.
The police department then requested to purchase two all-wheel drive 2016 Ford Police Interceptor SUVs from Rapids Ford at a cost of $27,871 per vehicle. Assistant Chief Steven Schaar said the dollar amount would match the state bid price. The cost would not include specialized equipment or installation of that equipment.
Schaar added that two new squad cars would utilize some of the equipment from the vehicles they would be replacing where possible. The vehicles being replaced are a 2008 Dodge Durango and a 2000 Chevrolet Impala. The removal of equipment from the Durango and Impala, installation of equipment in the new cars, as well as the purchase of some non-reusable equipment such as light bars, control boxes and sirens would cost an additional $9,022 per vehicle. Graphics would cost an additional $911 per squad car, and supporting documentation indicated there would be a $4,431 expenditure for additional equipment for each vehicle. Schaar said this would bring the cost of each vehicle to $42,235.50 or $84,471.00 for both, well within the $96,700 earmarked for the two squads in the 2016 Capital Improvement Projects budget. The council approved the measure unanimously.
Next the council considered the purchase of a 2017 Epoke Combi De-Icing unit. Public Works Director Jeff Davies said that monitoring pavement temperatures, liquid de-icing, granular de-icing, pre-wetting and calibration of de-icing equipment were all best practices that assisted the city in reducing salt use and environmental impacts while meeting public safety needs. Davies said that the effectiveness of the city’s 2012 de-icer unit has been a big factor in achieving these best practices. Davies asked that the council to approve the purchase of an additional de-icing machine at a cost of $92,345.62. Davies added that the purchase was approved in the 2016 CIP. The council approved the request unanimously.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a $5,000 agreement with WSB Associates for establishing a testing protocol and analysis services for stormwater quality monitoring at the McGowan Pond Phosphorus Treatment Project for the purpose of strengthening a grant proposal to implement phosphorous treatment at that location.
• Accepted the resignation of City Engineer, Julie Kennedy, who will be taking the helm at Grand Rapids Public Utilities.
• Approved the verified claims for the period of Feb. 13 to March 7 in the amount of $768,670.49.