Present were Arnold Knox, Director of Streets; Don Webb, Committee member, and Mayor Adams.
The Street Report for August was reviewed. Arnie reported the Gentry Street Rebuild project was going well and the crew was now working on sidewalks and box tops. They are making their way to College Street and what is left with Gentry, the Maintenance crew will dig out and asphalt will go down to complete. Total cost as of August 31 is $149,703.35.
Medical Plaza has been at a standstill recently. The crew ran into rock, which was reported last month; and using the Water Department's excavator and hammer, it broke and was sent to Potter Equipment to be repaired. The Street Department's smaller hammer also broke recently, and Arnie said he would like to purchase a rock hammer at a cost of $60,000 for the new excavator that was purchased earlier this spring. Don said it looked like the Rock of Gibraltar over there 😊. Arnie said he had budgeted the hammer but held off on the purchase, due to the Covid19 outbreak. He explained there is currently no line item for it but would like to approach the Council to create a Rock Hammer line item. He said he needs to get the crew back working this project. He would like to take $50,000 from his Federal Surplus line item that he will not be using, along with $20,000 from the Used One-Ton line item to purchase the hammer. He is going to go ahead and order the hammer and it will take approximately 2 weeks to receive. As of August 31, the cost to Medical Plaza is $42,460.09.
Maintenance for the month of August is at a cost of $37,277.06. The crew has been busy at McCabe Park, on a tree project down on 1st Street getting rid of the large trees for Mrs. Baker, cleaning drainage ditches around town and repairs on the edges of Russell Lane next to the Lab. Arnie said there were a couple of complaints of car damage from running off the road, so he has a few guys out there working on the edges.
The Budget Summary was reviewed.
The truck auction from September 1 was discussed and Arnie showed a breakdown of the monthly cost of the vehicles that were sold. He reported the 2018 Dodge pickup sold for $26,500 at the auction, and that would be the price the Parks Department will pay for the same truck purchased from the Street Department by them.