Seligman Council reviews bids

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Seligman City Council reviewed four bids for a compact excavator during its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 12.

Springdale Tractor Co., of Springdale, Ark., submitted a $45,000 bid for a Kubota, and Potter Equipment Inc., in Springfield, submitted a $45,100 bid for a Case tractor. The city also received a $45,909 bid from Ozark Power Center, Inc., in Springfield, for a Kubota and a $48,500 bid from Victor L. Phillips Co., in Joplin, for a Takeuchi.

Aldermen directed Brian Nichols, city clerk, to obtain the cost to rent a compact excavator before proceeding with any of the bids.

Nichols said that the city has also requested quotes from several more companies. According to Nichols, Kubota and Takeuchi models offer the features needed by the city.

In new business, Nichols discussed the need to change the water bill format to make it easier to read. He said customers are often confused about the penalty amount listed on the bill.

The aldermen voted to use water bills offered through Computer Supplies and Services in St. Louis. The city will purchase 5,000 bills at a cost of $499.70. In the past, the bills were purchased from CUSI in Jonesboro, Ark., at a cost of $675.36 per 5,000 bills.

Police Chief Garry Thornton presented the police report, which showed that 31 traffic stops were made in October. The stops resulted in 10 citations.

Officers also made two arrests, assisted with six accidents, completed 17 reports, made 60 citizen contacts and did two building checks.

In other business, the Seligman City Council:

* Received the maintenance reports.

* Heard that a new code enforcement check list is in place to assist the police department with derelict properties.

* Reviewed the library report, which showed that revenue was $1,137.09 and expenses were $1,246.28.

* Heard that the Explorer will be put up for sale and online. The city will ask $3,800 for the vehicle.

*Voted to give all full-time employees a $400 bonus and all part-time employees a $200 bonus.

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