Seligman looking into purchase of city equipment

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Floor scrubber to be used in multiple locations

The city of Seligman decided to continue its search for an industrial style floor scrubber for city use.

Brian Nichols, city clerk, said the machine would be used in multiple locations by city employees.

“The Community Center is full on the weekends and the City Hall floor is about two years old and difficult to keep clean,” he said. “The purchase of an industrial style mop/buffer would not only benefit the city in terms of time spent cleaning, but also it would do a better job.”

The council viewed an electric walk-behind auto scrubber with a 17-inch cleaning path and a cost of $1,428.95, which includes shipping costs.

After discussion, they agreed to look further for a better deal and revisit the topic at a later time.

Additionally, the council had a preliminary reading, which will be drafted into a resolution for the next meeting, on the topic of firework costs.

In years past, the city has spent $1,500 to $1,600 each year for the fireworks display on the Fourth of July, but decided to increase the spending to $1,800.

The show generally lasts about 20 minutes, with a positive feedback from the community.

Nichols said the fireworks are usually ordered around this time if not earlier and delivered in May.

In other news, after a complaint from a water and sewer customer, the city was found to be out of compliance during a sewer inspection.

Nichols said there is a two-step verification process for sewer testing, and the city was not using the BPA-approved equipment for one.

The issue was solved within the week, when the city purchased the correct equipment and were notified via letter that they were back in compliance.

Continuing issues at the Ruby’s lift station will hopefully be finally solved as the city determined issues were caused by the use of a traditional check valve.

The city switched to a different style to solve that issue.

The city is also working with the new owners on addressing rain-water getting in.

similarly to other local communities, Seligman changed its insurance from Midwest Public Risk to Houston Casualty Company.

This will save the city approximately $3,000 annually based on the MPR’s 10 percent increase in premiums.

Finally, in preparation of the warming weather, the city addressed issues with the skate park and splash pad.

Nichols said the splash pad usually opens in April or May once the seasonal heavy rainfall passes and the weather is warm, but the hard deadline for opening is when school lets out.

The city ordered a couple of parts for the UV light filtration system.

The skate park may be temporarily shut down as the city aims to install a barrier between the wood frame and the skate panels.

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