EM approves vehicle purchases, contracts


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Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2013, 10:57 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com
EAST MOLINE-- Aldermen approved $582,291.25 in vehicle purchases and contracts at their regular council meeting Tuesday night.

The vehicle purchases included a $104,107 replacement dump truck equipped with a plow and a $25,165.50 hybrid Ford Fusion. The approvals were unanimous with Ald. Gary Almblade, 2nd Ward, not present.

Three contracts totaling $241,018.75 also were approved -- one with Sak Construction, LLC for East Moline's sewer lining program; a $212,000 contract with Leander Construction for upgrades to the water plant; and one with with Grisham's 24-Hour Towing Service for city towing services, which did not include a cost. Grisham will be paid through towing fees.

All of the contract approvals were unanimous.

In other business, aldermen approved changes to ordinances that will change charges for people with delinquent water and sewer bills and "snowbirds," or retirees who travel during the winter, wanting water service turned off while they are away.

The $35 fee on delinquent accounts now will be charged when water is turned off, rather than when the account holder asks that it be turned back on, city administrator Cole O'Donnell said. Snowbirds seeking a utility pause also will be charged $35.

The votes on the ordinances were unanimous.

Acting as committee of the whole, aldermen rejected bids to buy and install an emergency generator for city hall after determining some of the bids did not cover all of the required tasks.The job will be rebid with a full list of what the city wants done.

The vote was 5-1 with Ald. Bob Cheffer, 6th Ward, opposed.The measure is expected to appear on the agenda for the Sept. 16 city council meeting.

















 




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