City Council OKs purchases for vehicle, siren

The New Prague City Council approved two purchases at its Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting. One was a "Bobcat Skidster" for the Parks Department and the other was for an outdoor warning siren.

Chris Cavett of Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.) Inc. and the city’s interim director of Public Works, presented the information on the Bobcat Toolcat 5600 F-Series. He noted there were three bids with Tri-State Bobcat of Burnsville having the lowest bid at $40,052. He explained the Parks Department would use the vehicle for various jobs. Originally they had planned to replace a 2001 John Deere Gator utility vehicle, but a 2005 Kubota RTV recently developed a hydraulic block crack and it was recommended the Kubota be replaced. Cavett said the worst case scenario was that if the John Deere developed problems the city can likely find a used one.

The Parks Department’s budget had allocated $42,000 towards purchase of the utility vehicle. The trade in value of the Kubota was $5,000.

Council member Pat Scripture noticed there was a difference in the types of tires between the two lowest bids. She was concerned that since the other bid from Lano Equipment Inc. of Shakopee ($40,192) was so close that the tire difference could cost the city.

City Administrator Mike Johnson suggested the council could table the purchase. City staff could double check the difference.

Council member Shawn Ryan made a motion they approve it with the city choosing the bid from Tri-State Bobcat. It was approved 3-1 with Scripture voting against.

Johnson recommended they amend the motion to allow for a clarification of the tire specifications. The council amended the motion and it passed 4-0. Council member Mark Bartusek was absent from the meeting.

OutdoorWarning Siren Police Chief Mark Vosejpka explained to the council that there were two bids to replace the siren on the Municipal Utility building. The current siren is not operating and repairs would not be cost effective due to the age of the equipment.

The lowest bid was from Federal Warning Systems Inc. of Rochester for $12,820. The second was from Danko Emergency Equipment of Snyder, NE, for $14,289. There is approximately and eight to 10 week manufacturing and shipping time frame for the siren. The city’s utilities crew will do the installation of the siren.

The city’s Electric Operations Supervisor Bruce Reimers recommended that at least $700 be added to the cost for batteries and modifi-cations to the mounting structure on the building.

Chief Vosejpka said the expense would come from a fund for sirens, which has a balance of $35,330. He recommended the city choose the Federal Warning Systems Inc. bid and add the $700. Vosejpka noted the siren is similar ones near Raven Stream Elementary School and along 10th Avenue. The council approved the purchase.

Workshop The council tentatively set 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, as a workshop between the council and the Utilities Commission. The two will discuss a public works organizational review report, which had proposals for changes to the Public Works Director position.