Wheaton buys Kawasaki Mule for $6,500

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New vehicle used for projects like gas survey, spraying chemicals

After dealing with issues from their previous golf cart used for city purposes, the city of Wheaton decided to purchase a new 2020 Kawasaki Mule for $6,500.

Josh Kinnaman, Wheaton utilities supervisor, said the ATV is generally used for projects like gas survey or spraying weed killer.

“The golf cart we were using broke down, and the city decided rather than spending the money to fix it, they could purchase a new one,” he said. “It cost $6,500, but we can expect it to last for 10-15 years.”

Kinnaman said the Kawasaki was the best deal they found, and the ATV was purchased in Fayetteville, Ark., from Freedom Power Sports.

“We can use it for small tasks that don’t require the use of a city maintenance vehicle,” he said. “We got it in April and bought it outright with no payment plan.”

In other business, the city mended the employee handbook to show that a part-time employee, after working for the city for one year, will receive 2.5 vacation days.

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