Seligman Council splits on excavator purchase

Monday, January 28, 2013

Members of the Seligman City Council narrowly approved a bid in the amount of $45,000 to purchase a Kubota excavator on a 48-month lease during their regular meeting on Dec. 12.

The vote was Aldermen Danny Hendrix and Eric Freeman approving the motion and Aldermen Kelly Payne and Gerald Harling opposed. Mayor Jason Raucstadt broke the tie by casting his vote in favor of the motion.

Aldermen also unanimously approved a 3 percent cost of living raise to all city employees.

Police Chief Gary Thornton requested the approval of new Stalker 2x radar systems for the police cruisers and two new low-profile light bars. Cost of the radar units is $3,012.50. Cost of the 48-inch low profile light bars is $689.99

Hendrix, Freeman and Payne approved the request and Harling opposed the measure.

Thornton reported 72 traffic stops in November 2012, resulting in 34 citations and 19 warnings. A total of 12 arrests were made, three accidents worked and officer provided five other agency assists.

Aldermen heard from Seligman resident Joseph Foster, who was complaining about trucks from an adjacent property blocking his business. Thornton said officers would look into the matter and try to determine an alternate course of action pending discussion with the property owner.

In other business, aldermen:

* Approved a motion to allow the city attorney to contract out supervised community service projects at no cost to the city.

* Approved switching to Connell Insurance for city coverage.

* Approved the addition of another wireless account for employee use.

* Agreed to accept bids on the one-ton, 14-foot single axel trailer with the minimum set at $500.

* Heard monthly reports including: library, sewer and lagoon, court and code enforcement.

In final business, aldermen adopted the proposed 2013 budget for the City of Seligman in the amount of $727,870 against anticipated revenues of $761,023.12.

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