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Council approves machinery lease, equipment purchases

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

The city of Runaway Bay will add a compact track loader, a thermal imaging camera and street entrance signs to its inventory.

Its city council Tuesday unanimously authorized the lease of the heavy machinery and purchase of the latter during its regular meeting.

The T190 Bobcat Track Loader will be leased on the Municipal Roll Out program for $8,068. That includes the track loader, a bucket grapple, low-profile bucket, pallet puller with teeth and a vibratory roller.

Although the expenditure was approved during the budget-writing season, the lease requires a separate agenda item.

“We (chose) to go the lease route to see how this piece of equipment actually met our needs,” Mayor Robert Ryan said.

At the end of the one-year lease, the council has the option to purchase that piece of equipment, have a new machine rolled out or continue a lease on the machine.

“Now we can get to pick up that brush,” Councilman Dan Ticer said.

At the request of the city’s fire department, the council approved the purchase of a thermal imaging camera from the Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.

“They got a grant to get a new one,” interim Police Chief Rex Richie said. “It’s used for structure fires to determine where there are hot spots inside a residence, which helps further make sure the property loss is going to be the least possible.”

Purchasing the refurbished piece of equipment, which was replaced by the manufacturer two years ago, saved the city a “substantial” amount.

“Buying it new would cost anywhere between $14,000 and $16,000,” Richie said. “It’s functional. It operates as it’s supposed to. It’s definitely a beneficial tool to have in our fire department.”

The town’s nine street exit signs, damaged by summer storms, will be replaced with green metal fixtures that feature reflective lettering and an 8-inch logo and numbers. The cost is $3,676, after insurance reimbursement.

In other news, the council:

  • heard from citizen Lannie Foreman regarding a high water bill;
  • continued an agreement for COBRA administration;
  • approved the minutes of the Sept. 18 regular meeting and Oct. 8 work session; and
  • OK’d the September 2012 financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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