EVART — Members of the Evart Department of Public Works will receive updated equipment to help make their job a little easier each day.

Council members approved two action items concerning the department's needs at Monday's city council meeting.

First, the lease of a new back hoe and front loader was discussed by DPW Director Buck Vallad. He said the current equipment is in desperate need of replacement. Through Michigan CAT, the two items can be leased for $10,800 and the city can provide the company with five annual payments, with the option to purchase the machinery after five years.

Vallad said the offer would save the city about $20,000 a year from what it is currently paying for only the front loader.

"I think this is a really good deal," Vallad said. "It's two major pieces of equipment the city needs to have and the first payment wouldn't be until July of next year."

In addition, communication radios used for DPW are in need of replacement because the current system, wide band, soon will become inoperable. Therefore, Vallad said, the department is in need of narrow band radio systems. After discussing the issue with Chrouch Communications, the radios are available for $7,400.

Council members unanimously approved both action items.

In other business, council members:

  • approved the agreement between the Evart Downtown Development Authority and Nestle to move the city's western welcome sign to a new location on the corner of U.S. 10 and South Lauman. The DDA made the request to relocate the sign to place it in a more visible site.
  • approved a motion to switch from the Fund Balance Software to BS&A Software for the Evart City Treasurer Sarah Dvoracek to use for cash receipting, accounts payable, payroll, utility billing, cemetery and general ledger purposes. The total cost is about $30,000 and includes implementation and training, data conversions, project management and applications. Dvoracek said BS&A Software is generally a better system, has the option to go paperless and has high recommendations from other city treasurers. It also is expeceted to see a cost savings from the software.