Council approves $36,000 Bobcat purchase

The City of Dexter will have some new equipment to help with snow removal this winter.

City Council has approved a $36,118 purchase of a new Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader for the Department of Public Works. The Bobcat will help the DPW with snow removal as well as other large tasks such asphalt repairs, stump removals and more.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Dan Schlaff said the Bobcat is a critical piece of equipment for the department.

These are two very important pieces of machinery,” he said. “Over the last couple of years we’ve been trying to use two Bobcats as much as we can.”

Currently the city owns two Bobcats – one 2009 model for the DPW and another 2011 model for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“We’d really like to bring the DPW one down to the Wastewater Treatment Plant,” Schlaff said.”

The current Wastewater Bobcat will be traded in for $14,300 which will reduce the equipment’s purchase price from $50,418 to $36,118. Additional savings come from purchasing the equipment through the State of Michigan’s purchasing contract with the Bobcat Company, according to City Manager Courtney Nicholls.

The purchase of the machinery comes from a $45,000 line in the city’s budget for equipment replacement.

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