February 12, 2004

Memphis City Council Awards Bids At February Meeting

The Memphis City Council awarded a number of bids at the February 5 meeting as contractors were hired for cemetery maintenance and hay services at Lake Show-Me.

The council reviewed three bids for the annual cemetery maintenance contract before deciding on the lowest contract amount.

Michael E. Kauth received the contract for mowing services at the Memphis Cemetery. His bid of $18,000 was nearly $2,000 less than the two other contract offers received by the city.

Kauth was present at the meeting. He pointed out that he had performed similar services for the Kahoka Cemetery in 2003 but had been underbid this year.

The council voted 4-0 to accept Kauths bid. The other bids were $19,800 from Jason Campbell and Chris VanHoozen; and $20,500 from Mike Steeples.

Hay Bids

Two offers were received for the harvest of the citys hay grounds. Curtis Mallett was high bidder, offering $9.56 per bale. Jackson Farms submitted a bid of $7.50 per bale.

The council voted 4-0 to accept the high bid from Mallett.

Mower Bids

Five different companies were in competition to sell the city a new lawn mower for the parks department.

IMI Equipment of Kahoka submitted the bid with the lowest purchase price and best trade-in combination. The city is trading in a John Deere riding mower with approximately 800 hours.

The council voted 4-0 to purchase a John Deere Mid Ztrak mower with a 60 deck. The purchase price is $3,507 including trade-in.

Bids were also submitted by Wiss & Wiss Equipment; Woody Lawn & Farm; Centerville-Bloomfield Equipment, Inc.; and Armstrong Small Engine.

Bloomfield Equipment submitted the only other John Deere bid and it was for $4,039 for a 54 model. The other bids were for Kubota, MTL and Scag mowers and ranged in prices from $4,500 to $5,700 with trade-in.

Truck Bids

The council reviewed five bids for a new F350 truck for the road and street department. However prices proved irrelevant as Alderman Lucas Remley made the motion to reject all bids.

Remley stated the city did not need to spend the money on a new truck considering the citys financial situation. He pointed out the funding issues for the city pool as well as the need to raise water rates recently as two reasons to hold off another year on a new truck.

Superintendent Roy Monroe indicated the existing truck was in need of repairs and was suffering from rust problems on the frame and brake lines caused by salt used for snow removal. However he indicated the department could use the current truck for another year.

Alderman Gardner stated he believed the bid prices for new trucks were good compared to purchasing a used truck. He also stated he felt the city should set a limit on the amount the city would spend to fix the older truck.

After additional discussion the council voted 4-0 to refuse all bids and utilize the existing truck one more year.

Bids were received from Lovegreens, Shottenkirk, Kahoka Motor Company, Bloomfield Ford and Tom Boland Ford. Truck prices started at $16,558.73 for a gas engine with the high bid being $21,710. A diesel 2004 F350 would have cost the city $20,729.65 with the highest bid at $27,026.

Alderman Reports

Alderman Remley requested that Sigler Street receive top priority for snow removal to insure access to the hospital and for ambulance runs. Remley also suggested a workshop be held with the council and department heads to plan summer projects. The council agreed and scheduled the meeting for March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Vacant Lot

The council voted to purchase the vacant lot west of City Hall. The lot was the former site of the legal offices of Susan Henry, which was destroyed by fire January 11, 2003. The cost of the purchase will be shared with the other businesses that adjoin the empty lot.


Alderman Gardner raised a question regarding one bill prompting the item to be removed from the payment list. Gardner questioned the bill from BHMG, Inc. for engineering services. He asked the item not be paid until after the city had the opportunity to submit several questions regarding the invoices.

Alderman Remley questioned a pair of charges for repairs to Memphis City police cars. Chief Steve Snodgrass indicated he had authorized the repairs, including placement of higher cost parts.

The council indicated that repairs previously had been made to the patrol cars by a city employee and asked Chief Snodgrass to continue to utilize the in-house services to save the city added costs.

All other bills were approved by the council for payment.

Citizen Participation

Lorna Robinson informed the council that a survey marker had been placed in the alley behind her residence. She questioned if the city planned to relocate the alley. The council indicated the alley would remain in its current location.

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