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Published January 23, 2019

New or used? City buys backhoe

OSAGE BEACH – The city Transportation Department will soon have a new Case backhoe in its possession thanks to the approval of the Board of Aldermen last week.

Though the item is a budgeted item for this year, the choice to purchase a new or used one was discussed by the board last week. A used one may appear to save the city money but there are drawbacks to buying used.

Public Works Director Nicholas Edelman explained the differences in his report to the board.

The new backhoe could be purchased from Crown Power and Equipment on a state bid contract. Municipalities can use the state bid contract and save a considerable sum of money as opposed to going out on their own.

“We also obtained pricing from website,” Edelman said. “It appears on the surface that the City could save money on the purchase of a used backhoe versus a new one. However when buying this type of equipment for the City, it is ideal for the equipment to have below 1,000 hours and even better to be below 500 hours.”

The reason behind this, according to Edelman, is that the city will keep this equipment for several years and will put 2,000 plus hours on it.

“The equipment with 1,000 hours or less range in cost from $65,500 (Minnesota) to $96,990 (Missouri), Edelman said. “The $65,500 piece of equipment is a 2011 model from a municipality. These pieces of equipment come with one bucket and we would still need to purchase additional buckets and install a beacon light on it.

If the city went with the new 2019 CASE 580SN Backhoe Loader the cost would be $104,899.64. This includes a hydraulic thumb which will help with loading brush, asphalt chunks and other road debris.

The new one also comes with three buckets for digging: a 24-inch tooth, a 30-inch smooth and a 36-inch tooth bucket. It also comes equipped with the beacon light, tool box and other accessories. The city had budgeted $120,000 this year for the backhoe.

The board approved the purchase of the new backhoe.

In other business at last week’s meeting:

• Approved the first reading of a Right-of-Way vacation for a portion of Osage Beach Road.

The section is approximately .22 acres at Osage Beach Parkway to Osage Beach Road. The city will retain an easement on the property due to city utilities present but saw no reason to not vacate the section.

• Approved both readings for a contract for lease agreement with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The city currently leases office space on the first floor at City Hall to the Missouri Department of Public Safety. They have been a tenant since December 2009

The request was made because they want to expand their space by 143 sq. ft. by finishing the interior of an adjacent space to their current office.

The square footage will then total of 1,103 sq. ft. and it will also adjust the cost the state will pay the city for the annual lease to $6,665.80.

Both readings were requested so construction can begin.

• Appointed Tara Berreth as the City Clerk.

She was hired in December to fill the vacated position but city ordinance requires that the Board of Aldermen officially appoint the City Clerk.

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