Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of a utility vehicle with a front mounted snow blower, a GPS survey system, and a grinder for the Public Services Department.
The GPS system was purchased from City Blueprint of Toledo, Inc., for $22,972.
Public Service Director Paul Roman said the GPS survey equipment will be used for various designs and construction projects by city engineers.
“With the purchase, our labor costs will be cut in half because we only need one person to perform the survey, wherein the past, we needed two,” said Roman. “Another good thing about this equipment, we can view the data in the field versus having to bring it into the office and download the data into a computer.”
Council also approved the purchase of a snow plow for city owned sidewalks for $22,909 from Bobcat Company, West Fargo, North Dakota.
Mayor Mike Seferian said the plow is needed to remove snow from specific areas.
“We recognize the need for some of the services we have to provide, first and foremost, the Bay Shore Road bike path. We experienced great difficulty plowing that. There’s a need for using that,” said Seferian, adding that there is a bus stop nearby. “The schools had been assured by the city that that would be plowed. We had to have two people with hand snow blowers try to clear that out and a third person on a back hoe trying to clear out the bike path. A lot of man hours in the cold, taking breaks.”
The plow will replace the current unit that was removed from service for safety concerns due to the frame rusting out.
“There is an alternative attachment, a brush, and we can actually clean the bike paths, so this vehicle could suit many purposes,” said Seferian.
Council also approved the purchase of a skid steer mounted bull hog grinder for $25,270 from Southeastern Equipment Company, Inc., Perrysburg. The grinder will be used for general ditch maintenance and debrushing. It will be primarily used in residential and commercial areas where the city’s existing debrushing unit is too large.
“We have a much larger unit,” said Roman. “It can take out an eight inch tree. It really is intended for Wolf Creek and Otter Creek, the much bigger streams, where you have much more area to work. The smaller unit is more for the smaller ditches and streams that are right up against residential areas. You only have so much access in these smaller areas. We do feel there is the need for this.”
The unit will be needed to debrush Joehlin Ditch through Eagles Landing Golf Course during the winter.