Cassville Public Works buys spreaders, truck

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Roads, sewer lines targeted for safety, maintenance

The City of Cassville recently made two purchases aiming to help keep roads safe for drivers and maintaining the city's infrastructure.

To help maintain sewer lines, the city purchased a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab truck to pull the city's sewer camera, which helps pinpoint problems in sewer lines so they can be repaired and maintained.

"It's a complete trailer system," said Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director. " [The camera is] inside the trailer. We have a computer inside and then the other trailer is the one we use to clean the system. It's something we do all the time. We have a camera that drops down into the sewer.

"Basically, it takes pictures of the conditions of the lines to see if they are clogged so that we know what we need to do to fix them. The depth ranges from about three or four feet to about 15-20."

Cost to the city for the vehicle was $29,055. Out of three bid proposals the city reviewed, County Dodge of Cassville was the winner. Ford's bid was a close second at $29,918, and Chevrolet's bid came in significantly higher, at $41,997. The last purchase of this type the city made was in 2006. Walensky said the discount varies, depending on the manufacturer.

To maintain sewer lines and manage inflow and infiltration problems, Walensky said city crews check the lines on a regular basis.

"We have rainwater that gets in and overflows our system."

The city also purchased two stainless steel cinder spreaders to help keep roads safer during winter weather conditions.

"When it snows, the spreaders spit cinders and salt out of the vehicle to lay down on the road," Walensky said.

In addition to rock salt, cinder adds an extra measure of protection to roads by adding traction.

"It is a coal byproduct, and we mix it with rock salt to help melt snow and ice," Walensky said. "It provides traction for the roads."

The city paid a total of $14,625 for the spreaders, which included the labor to install them, from contractor Bus Andrews Truck Equipment of Springfield. The other vendor, Viking-Cives Group bid $14,780, a difference of $155. The budgeted amount was $17,000, saving the city a total of $2,375.

Walensky said the cinder spreaders are a win-win for residents because they will help increase the city's capacity to respond in winter weather conditions to keep roads safe.

"Basically, we got two of them and they fit two of our older trucks, and one of them is in repair right now," he said. "So, this will double our capacity and give us greater speed to address snow and ice conditions. So it's a real nice benefit for the city.

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