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Public works OKs pickup purchase

WILLMAR — The City Council’s Public Works/Safety Committee has voted to replace 12-year-old pickup that has numerous mechanical problems with a 2014 pickup for the Public Works Department.

The committee’s action will be considered by the council at the Sept. 2 meeting.

Public Works Director Sean Christensen said the 2001 Ford F250 is the mechanics pickup and has mechanical problems that include using engine oil and transmission issues. He requested it be replaced with a Ford F150 XLT for $27,837.70 from Nelson Auto Center Fleet Department in Fergus Falls.

Christensen said the purchase would be made through a state-approved contract with the dealer.

Besides the pickup, the purchase includes a Tommy Gate for $2,500 from Towmaster Inc. of Litchfield. The liftgate will be used for lifting tools, tires and heavy equipment parts.

The 2001 pickup would be sold at the Public Works auction in the spring of 2015.

Christensen said the truck and liftgate purchase are included in the 2014 capital outlay program and are $6,995.30 under budget.

In other business, the committee voted to approve the final payment of $6,44.21 to Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg for the June 7, 2012, Trott Avenue Southwest improvements in conjunction with the installation of the railroad crossing quiet zone. Total amount of the contract was $88,241.

Also, the committee approved a resolution accepting the offer of the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority to purchase a $3 million general obligation sewer revenue note to finance construction of the Lakeland Drive sewer lift station project.