Gallatin Board of Aldermen address financing of street resurfacing project and approve purchases

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The Gallatin Board of Aldermen on Monday, January 10th  approved a resolution involving funding for a street project and an ordinance regarding an equipment sales agreement.

The resolution states the intent to seek funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program and authorizes the mayor to pursue activities in an attempt to secure funding for a street resurfacing project.

There will be a public hearing for the street resurfacing project at the Gallatin City Hall on January 14th at 3:30 in the afternoon. The total project cost is estimated at $999,930.

The equipment sales agreement is with Foley Equipment Company. City Clerk Hattie Rains reports the agreement is for trading in the leased mini excavator for a new 2022 leased mini excavator for a new five-year lease.

Public Works Director Mark Morey announced Cat Financial quoted the trade-in value of the Cat Mini Excavator at $50,000. That decreased the cost of the new five-year lease for a 2022 Mini Excavator at $8,598.62 per year plus property tax.

The board approved $20,000 worth of tree trimming throughout town, starting with the worst areas. This was after one bid for tree trimming was received. The bid was from H. L. Sinkhorn and Son Tree for $28,375 and included everything in town that needs to be trimmed.

The board approved the purchase of a 2022 F250 with a utility bed in Long Beach, California for $63,518 as a new service truck. The delivery fee is $3,160. Another bid was submitted for a 2022 F250 with a utility bed in Louisville, Kentucky for $59,940 with no delivery fee available at that time.

Morey recommended the vehicle from Long Beach because the utility bed had more storage options and is better equipped for the water department.

Three skid loader bids were received. They were from Victor L. Philips for a Case for $66,788.62 with delivery in February, Foley Equipment for a Cat for $84,988.15 with delivery in two to three weeks, and Terry Implement for a Kubota for $66,900 with delivery in eight to 12 months.

Morey wanted to have a demonstration on the Case and Cat before providing a recommendation. No decision was made on January 10th.

Morey said WideBand might be interested in an electric pole rental opportunity to allow the company to install fiber at multiple business properties.

American Rescue Plan Act funding was discussed. Administrator Lance Rains was to attend the county commission meeting on January 12th to make sure the county had the grant applications for the Cupola Building roof repairs for the Friends of Gallatin and the Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network radios for the Gallatin Police Department.

Rains was to meet with the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association insurance representative to review the roof on the old fire station.

Police Chief Mark Richards provided an incident report list dated January 10 which included six medical emergencies, three instances of agency assistance, three welfare checks, and two instances of property damage.

Three candidates filed for two positions on the Gallatin Board of Aldermen for the April 5th election.

Incumbent Dan Lockridge and Charles Wortman filed for the West Ward. Incumbent Daniel McCann filed for the East Ward. The terms run for two years.


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