Kingsford takes bids on new plow and dump truck

KINGSFORD — The Kingsford City Council will weigh four bids of roughly $150,000 for a new plow and dump truck to replace a 1981 model.

The city budgeted about $170,000 for the purchase. City Manager Anthony Edlebeck told the council Tuesday he will review the bids and recommend one at the next meeting. The city is considering whether to keep the 1981 truck as a back up.

The bids were:

— International Truck of Iron Mountain, $142,378 with trade-in and $144,878 without on one model, and $143,612 with trade-in and $146,112 without on a second truck.

— U.P. Truck Center of Quinnesec included three truck options — an Olson body at $147,986 with trade-in and $150,486 without; Monroe equipment at $149,220 with trade-in and $151,720 without; and Truck Equipment at $153,356 and $155,856 without.

— Kriete Truck Center of DePere, Wis., $158,469 with trade-in and $160,969 without.

— Quinlan Equipment of Antigo, Wis., $145,250 with trade-in and $147,750 without for one truck and $148,950 with trade-in and $151,450 without on a different model.

In other business, the council:

— Reached a service agreement with Breitung Township to replace an aging meter at Beech and Maple streets. The agreement is similar to what the city has had in the past. This includes a rate of 115 percent of the current rate, with a $50 per month charge, for meter maintenance for a maximum of 500,000 gallons per month.

— Approved a site plan for a new 4,700-square-foot building trades project north of the Dickinson Iron Technical Center. Center Principal Michael Mulligan explained they are moving away from building homes in the community and will offer training in the new facility once it is constructed. The facility will feature a classroom and training space, with 14-by-16-foot individual work stations along each wall and a large open area in the middle. Students in the building trade classes this year will complete the construction.

— Learned four people have applied for public works superintendent but only one meets qualifications. The personnel committee will meet this week to discuss the applicants.

— Hired Foster, Swift, Collins & Swift, PC of Grand Rapids, Mich. to handle the city’s two tax tribunal cases.

— Will seek bids to add LED lighting at the public works building.

— Heard from Edlebeck that the Woodward Avenue project has been delayed due to a labor dispute that has also affected other projects.