The board of public works approved purchasing an emergency generator for the city’s sanitary lift stations Monday night.
Treatment plant operator, Ben Greuel, informed committee members that the plant would likely finish the year under budget.
“Due to the Saputo closure, loss of an employee and not hauling sludge in the spring, I am conservatively estimating that there will be $112,000 excess in this year’s budget,” explained Greuel.
Last month he was asked to check into the availability of generators through the Wisconsin Surplus and Federal Surplus site, however he reported there is nothing close to what the city is looking for.
In researching generator costs, he also found that the city would only need a 35 KW unit to run a lift station during emergencies. He found a generator through Total Energy for $29,000.
He reported that cost to wire up the transfer switches on the lift stations would cost roughly $3,726 each. To wire up the four largest capacity lift stations and purchase the generator with the cord would total $46,138.
The committee unanimously approved the purchase of the generator, cord and wiring of the stations.
Gruel received bids for roof replacement at the WWTP in the spring of 2015. He recommended accepting the lowest bid by SPS Roofing for $24,000. He informed the board that SPS also offered a 20- year warranty on their roof.
He said the bid included beveled foam to channel rain from the roof. Two other bids received included one from Ostrander Builders for $26,400 (without the beveled foam), and another from Borsche for $76,878.
The board recommended accepting the bid from SPS for $24,000.
Gruel reported that a service garage recently found metal shavings in the transmission pan of the WWTP’s 2001 Dodge truck. He said the body also was starting to rust badly, and the engine had over 100,000 miles on it.
He also reported that the bumper crane on the back of the old truck, used for pulling pumps at lift stations, was bent.
He requested proposals for replacing the truck and bumper crane.
The board discussed a quote for a Chevy Silverado for $20,842 and a quote for the Ford equivalent truck for $21,444. A new bumper crane estimate from Monroe Truck Equipment totaled $5,957.
The committee approved purchasing the Chevy Silverado and bumper crane for a combined cost of $26,799.
The board reviewed the 2014-15 snow removal bids for city owned parking lots and alleys. Mid-State Asphalt was the low bidder. Prices were $90 per hour for the frontend loader, $75 for the utility tractor/skid steer, and $60 for a pickup truck with plow. The board recommended approval of the lowest bid from Mid-State. The board also approved a low bidder for snow removal services on neglected sidewalks in the city. They recommended approval of a bid from Dave’s Lawn and Landscape of Kaukauna for $55 for the first 100 feet of snow removal per location, and $2 per foot over 100 feet.