Council approves dump truck purchase, GIS mapping

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond City Council approved the purchase of two items that were budgeted for the city’s 2012-13 fiscal year at its Nov. 13 meeting.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2006 dump truck to replace a 1994 one from Midway Ford in Kansas City, Mo. The price, including trade-in, was $35,000 – $10,000 under budget, according to Mayor Mike Wright.

The council also approved a $4,600 payment for a Geographic Information System – GIS– to map the city’s boundaries, wards and zoning. The cost also includes permissions and editing of the GIS Web site along with Web hosting. City Administrator Ron Brohammer said this is the first step in putting the city’s geographical information, along with its water and sewer line placement, into a one-program digital database. Because Richmond and Ray County’s 911 and planning and zoning departments are partnering the project, Brohammer said it will save Richmond $2,000 in initial costs plus “considerable money” for both entities over the years.

In other business:

• Council approved the state guidelines for candidate filings for city council seats. The filing dates are Dec. 11 to Jan. 15, 2013.

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