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Collinsville Street Department to have a lot going on this year

By Devese “Dee” Ursery

dursery@timestribunenenws.com

COLLINSVILLE — Several ordinances were approved for improvements to the Collinsville Street Department Garage and the purchase of three new trucks. Materials for the water main project were also purchased.

During the regular bimonthly city council meeting board members approved ordinances for the payment of City bills and payroll as well as recorded minutes from a prior meeting.

Staff requested and Council members approved the ordinance to award the lowest bid and authorize the Mayor Jeff Stehman to execute a contract with Midwest Municipal Supply Inc. The purchase of water main materials and fire hydrants with accessories will cost $53,756. 

According to William Jones, Superintendent of Utilities three bids were opened Mar. 19, between Schulte Supply at $55,133, Core & Main at  $61,270 and Midwest Municipal coming in at the lowest. Funding for this project came from the Enterprise Capital Fund.

“The Water Lines Division has depleted the water main materials and fire hydrants that were in inventory,” Jones stated. “The depletion of materials is due to ongoing water main breaks and changing out damaged or inoperable hydrants throughout the year.”

Council members approved the recommendation from staff to authorize a contract with Jim Taylor Roofing Inc. in the amount of $48,643 for the repair/coating of the Street Department Garage roof. They also approved $42,698.00 for the repair/coating of the Water Lines Distribution Garage roof.

“This ordinance will authorize a contract with Jim Taylor Roofing Inc. for the repair/coating of the Street Department Garage Roof and the Water Lines Distribution Garage roof,” Jones said. “The GACO rubber base coating will give us a 10-year warranty on both roofs.”

Jones said the Street Department and Water Lines Garage roof repair and recoating projects were included in the 2024 Capital Improvement Plan. Only two bids were opened on Mar. 19, with the Lakeside Roofing Co. Inc. at $72,489 for the Street Garage bid and $51,884 for the Water Line Garage bid.

These roofs leak in several areas, Jones explained. He said the garages house office space, vehicles, heavy equipment, and inventory that is needed throughout the City to maintain the streets and the water distribution system. The Street Department Garage was funded by the Capital Projects Fund and the Water Lines Garage by the Enterprise Capital Fund. 

Council members authorized the purchase of a 2025 International MV607

Truck and Aerial Lift in the amount of $228,927 from Versalift through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program. This project is identified in the 2024 CIP.

The Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program is a purchasing cooperative operated by the State of Minnesota. This allows state and local governmental and educational agencies to purchase products and services that have been competitively bid on, according to official documents. Purchases made through Sourcewell meet the city’s purchasing policy and procedures for procuring competitively bid expenditures. The purchase of the new bucket truck was approved in the 2024 CIP.

“The purchase of the new truck will replace a 1995 GMC C7000 bucket truck with 79,743 miles and 12,072 hours of run time. The existing bucket truck will be declared surplus and sold out right upon delivery of the new truck,” said Dennis Kress, Public Works Director “Versalift offered a $5,000 trade-in allowance for the existing 1995 GMC C7000. Staff anticipates a better resale value by selling the GMC truck outright. Total project cost for the truck, transfer of radio equipment, and graphics is $231,00.”

The bucket truck is used extensively in tree trimming, placement of banners, streetlight maintenance, and building and facility maintenance.

Council members authorized the purchase of a 2025 Freightliner M2-106 Grapple Truck in the amount of $207,314 from Key Equipment & Supply Company through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program. This project is identified in the 2024 CIP.

According to Kress the 2025 Freightliner Truck Model M2-106 equipped with a Petersen TL-3 Lightning Loader and chip bed. The purchase of the freightliner is through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Program in the amount of $227,314 less $20,000 trade in allowance for the city’s current grapple truck. This project is also identified in the 2024 CIP.

The purchase of the new truck will replace a 2000 Ford F750 grapple truck with 90,931 miles and 14,896 hours of run time. The existing grapple truck will be traded-in with the purchase of the new truck. Total project cost for the truck, transfer of radio equipment, and graphics is $210,000.

“The grapple truck is used extensively in tree trimming and debris removal operations,” Kress said. “The grapple truck is extremely vital when responding to destructive storm events such as the two experienced in July of 2024.”

Council members approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of a 2025 Freightliner Semi Truck Chassis Model 114SD in the amount of $135,338 from Truck Centers, Inc. through the SourcewellCooperative Purchasing Program. 

“The purchase of this truck is intended to be the eventual replacement for a 1999 Freightliner with 169,000 miles that is jointly owned with the Collinsville Township Highway Department,” Kress said. “The truck is used in conjunction with the city’s hydraulic dump trailer used in material and sludge hauling and used with the city’s lowboy equipment trailer to transport heavy equipment.” 

The existing 1999 Freightliner will be retained as a back-up to the new truck. The new truck will be owned solely by the city.

Also during the city council meeting staff and council members discussed the state of public streets in Collinsville. Officials have inventoried and evaluated the condition of the way the City maintains streets within the City and presented the results to Council  during the meeting. This will provide the Council with information about the condition of the City’s streets and help develop the framework for future street maintenance.

“We had to do some scrapings to check for archeological evidence to clear the right away that we obtained. They found some stuff and archeologists are going to be onsite sometime either this week or in the next two weeks to get that started,” Troy Turner, City Engineer said.  “Construction, right now, when we talked to IDOT and the archeologist they’re expecting somewhere between May and July in the timeframe for starting construction on that.

Other ordinances that council members approved during the meeting was a motion to approve payroll for the period ending Mar. 1, in the amount of $859,547, and the payment of bills for the period ending Mar. 15,  in the amount of $1,090,224.

 

A motion was also approved for payroll for the period ending Mar. 1,  in the amount of $859,547.

Collinsville will hold its next regular city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 9 at the CIty Hall Building located at 125 South Center Street.

 

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