A newly refurbished multi-purpose tractor has already proven itself to be a valuable asset for the Street Department.
Originally given a $30,000 budget to replace a 40-year old tractor that was at the end of its useful life and was only usable during the summer months, the department decided to find a used piece of equipment and refurbish it, rather than buying something brand new and spending the maximum amount approved by the council. In taking this route, the department spent about $10,000 less than the maximum budget of $30,000.
The department found a Holder tractor and purchased it for $1,000. City mechanics and Street Department employees then worked hard to refurbish it, investing $19,000 to transform the vehicle from being an old, spent piece of equipment into a new and capable machine that can be used year-round.
“This machine can be used for a wide variety of things,” said Public Works Manager Mike McCord. “It has a snow blower attachment and can also be fitted with a salt/sand applicator. It can also be used to plow snow, mow grass, and cut brush.
“Thank you for your support in this project,” McCord said to the council. “We saved money and were able to reintroduce new equipment. This tractor is only 10 years old, and it replaces a seasonal, 40-year-old tractor.
“I’m very proud of city employees Jack Beggs, Dan Etheridge and Brian Mehlberg,” McCord stated. “They worked hard to totally rebuild the Holder, and we have been using it already this year for the past couple of weeks. It’s a great addition to our fleet.”