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Council approves public works purchases

Councilors also passed a gasket — literally

Richmond City Council member Rob Kinnard examines a gasket for the Southview Pool as City Administrator Mark Rounds chuckles in the background. Council member Deanna Guy brought the gasket to Wednesday’s council meeting as “show and tell.” The gasket had been causing problems with the pool’s filters. (Photo by Joy Tipping/Richmond News)

By Joy Tipping, Richmond News Managing Editor

The Richmond City Council on Tuesday approved purchases of several previously budgeted items for the Public Works Department: a new mini excavator for $56,381, a 6” trash pump for $15,400, and rehabilitation for the K Lift Station pump at  $9,800.

Public Works committee chairman Dave Powell and other council members praised PW Director Dale Shipp for coming in under budget on all three items. The mini excavator had been budgeted for $75,000, the trash pump for $20,000 and the K Lift Station pump rehab for $10,000, a total of $105,000.

The bids that Shipp obtained and the council approved total $81,581, saving the city $23,419. “Hooray, Dale,” cheered council member Deanna Guy, eliciting echoes around the council table.

The complete story is in the Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 Richmond News.

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