The Chino Valley Town Council moved quickly through its March 12 agenda, including the approval of a used chip spreader for $105,000.
The money for the machine, a 2008 Bearcat BC-2002 self-propelled chip spreader, will come from the debt service fund capital expenditures restricted to vehicle and equipment purchases.
"We're trying to figure out how to stretch our dollars as far as we possibly can," said Public Works Director Ron Grittman. "Since we have predominately chip seal streets, we decided we would spend our money continuing the chip seal program and do it with in-house forces."
Grittman said that in previous years, the town solicited bids for chip seal repair and would spend about $100,000 per mile. The estimated cost to do the work in-house will be about $80,000 per 1.5 miles. After an extensive search, he said, his department was able to find a spreader that was "in excellent condition. Mr.Wagner (the seller) is even willing to deliver it for free since he is picking up a new one in the Wickenburg area."
Wagner is delivering the unit from Texas, saving the town a considerable amount of money in transportation costs, he said.
The Public Works Dept. will begin surfacing streets needing repair in the summer months, prioritizing the worst streets first. Grittman said the Damian Loop area will be one of the first repaired.
Other items on the March 12 agenda included:
Approval for the mayor, on behalf of Council, to sign a letter of support to ADOT regarding a continuation of the State Route 89 Chino Valley Limits to the Deep Well Ranch Road Project.
Approval for the Chino Valley Transit to submit a Yavapai County Community Foundation grant application in the amount of $9,037 and authorize the Town of Chino Valley to act as fiscal agent for the grant.
Approval of a professional services agreement with Stroh Architects in the amount of $500 for the Library expansion. Funds to come from Library Impact Fees.
A presentation of preliminary revenue projections for the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget by Joe Duffy, Financial Director.
Visit www.chinoaz.net for more information, including agendas, for all upcoming public meetings.
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
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Is this Chip Sealer in as "Excellent Condition" as the Vac truck that Gritman bought several years ago that cost the town about 2.5 times the initial investment and still has not been used. The same Vac truck that town staff travelled to Northern California to pick up. The Vac truck that was going to be used to clean out clogged culverts. Every week, Gritman and crew figure out new ways to spend more money for things the town does not need.