DPW to bid on new truck

No action taken on LDFA future

EVART — To provide better services to city residents, the Evart Department of Public Works hopes to purchase a newer water maintenance truck while saving money in its general budget.

Although the department has $40,000 in its budget for a new vehicle, DPW Director Buck Vallad addressed the city council at a Feb. 3 meeting, saying he found a suitable truck up for bid that would be efficient. The department's current truck is on its last leg, Vallad said.

The truck in question is a used 2000 diesel truck with about 55,000 miles and Vallad said he planned to bid about $7,600, with plans on spending an additional $5,000 to build and install shelving units. An inspection will take place before any bidding occurs, and he will not exceed a bid of $10,000 for the truck. The old truck will eventually be sold, he added.

The council approved a motion to allow Vallad up to $15,000 to be spent on the vehicle if it fits the department's needs.

Council members also addressed the future of the Local Development Finance Authority, which as been a discussion since early December. At the last council meeting on Jan. 20, the council tabled discussion due to a lack of LDFA documents.

However, Szakacs said he acquired the paperwork and believes the 30-year plan is mostly complete, though other details are vague enough that he is unsure they can be finished.

"I truly believe that if they've accomplished all things in the plan they should be dissolved," he said, noting he is on board with the council in whatever decision it makes. "If you guys decide to keep the LDFA ... I will support and give you 110 percent."

After brief discussion, council members decided to once again table action on the LDFA issue.