By Cecilia Fox
For the Troy Daily News
TIPP CITY — City council authorized the expenditure of more than $600,000 Monday night, much of which will be used to replace city property destroyed in last month’s storm.
Council passed an emergency ordinance appropriating $170,000 to replace two electric department vehicles that were heavily damaged during the flood. Both trucks, a bucket truck and a stake bed truck, are considered vital to the daily operation of the Electric Department and were declared a total loss by the city’s insurance provider. The city will be reimbursed $110,202 for a portion of the replacement costs.
Council also approved a resolution purchasing a new bucket truck to replace the city’s 2010 Ford bucket truck that was completely submerged during the May 21 storm. The new vehicle costs $135,105 and has several more features than the old model, including four wheel drive. The city will be reimbursed $89,575 for the original purchase price of the 2010 truck by the city’s insurance provider.
The purchase of a new two and half ton dump truck was also approved Monday night at a cost of $73,623. Another resolution purchasing the dump bed, hydraulics, and snow plow attachment for $59,935 was also passed. This equipment will replace the Street Department’s 1999 dump truck and equipment.
The city will soon be refurbishing the roof of the government center, although that was planned before the storm. Council approved a $99,972 contract with Design-Build Solutions to install a membrane coating roof system.
The flexible membrane coating is more expensive, but longer lasting, than the standard flat gravel roof system. The warranty for this system is 15 years.
The government building was constructed in the 1980’s and purchased by the city in 1989. The building’s flat roof was replaced in 1999 and has been repaired numerous times over the years due to leakage. This refurbishment project was budgeted in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan fund.
Council approved a $233,000 contract with Insight Pipe Contracting Construction for the 2014 sanitary sewer slip lining project. Work will take place on Warner Drive, Bowman Avenue, West Plum Street, Garber Drive, West Elm Street, Wunderwood Avenue, and Walnut Street in preparation for the city’s annual street repaving program.
Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would eliminate the current summer sewer credit and allow residents to install separate deduct meters. Private property owners would have to pay for the meter and an inspections fee, and would be responsible for hiring a licensed plumber to install the unit.
Council has discussed summer sewer rate options several times in recent months, considering options like second meters and offering a discount on water usage over a certain number of gallons. Council will vote on this ordinance at their next meeting on July 21.