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Primghar City Council Delays Equipment Purchase Decision

 

November 21, 2019

The Primghar City Council met in regular session on Wednesday November 13. As part of the consent agenda, the application of Joe Lloyd to become an EMS member was accepted. The City Attorney was not able to be present, but recommended to the council to accept the current farmland lease rate. He also recommended that the council accept the lease with Kids' Kampus. The city accepted ownership of the property after the new owners of the hospital removed the childcare service from its portfolio of services provided. The arrangement was put into motion about two years ago. The council accepted the lease and recognized this is the first formal lease between the city and Kids' Kampus under the new structure.

The city's pay loader, its primary snow removal tool, has reached the point of fixing it may not have a benefit to the city. Bids were solicited for a replacement pay loader from Titan, Sioux City, Murphy Tractor & Equipment for a John Deere and Kingsley Cat. A spec sheet was provided to each bidder to aid in evaluating each bid. Titan bid $159,500 with a generous trade-in allowance bringing the net price to the city of $116,500. Murphy Tractor, offered a less generous trade-in. They started at $155,800 with a net price of $127,800. The cat dealership bid $162,680. Their trade-in allowance brought their price to $136,180. All offered a 5-year, 3000-hour drive train warranty. Titan upped the warranty to a full machine warranty and included a protection plan. The protection plan offers on-site servicing of the machine. They also offered immediate delivery, with the caveat as long as the machine stays on the Sioux City lot. Cat offered immediate delivery. Murphy's delivery for the JD was 75 days.

The council opted to table the issue and meet in a special session to make the decision and determine the funding. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday November 21 at 5:00pm.

The City of Primghar is happy to announce that it is now able to accept credit or debit cards for utility bill or other payments. These payments can be made in person, on-line or over the telephone. There is a percentage fee for this kind of transaction.

City Clerk Carol Chicoine is working diligently to Schedule two necessary workshops. The first is to gather officials and engineers to discuss and do some serious planning for a city lagoon project. The city if facing a need to expand its capacity to meet the growing needs of its current development. Lynch Livestock has expressed interest in expanding in Primghar. One of its needs to be able to do so is sufficient waste facility. Chicoine has also been working to Schedule a workshop with the golf course board members and staff. Chicoine notes the lack of a procedure for payment of bills and staffing issues. There is a continuing problem with unemployed persons claiming work hours at the golf course and without golf course board or city staff knowledge that is happening until the claim for hours is put into the city drop box. Chicoine is working to bring that activity to a halt.

The Oath of Office will be given to the newly elected officials at the December 11, 2019 council meeting. Their first meeting of the Council is expected to be its regular second Wednesday, January 8 at 5:00pm.

 

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