City stock­piles win­ter sand and pur­chases new equip­ment

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID BRIGGS, For The Stan­dard

The City of El­liot Lake has been pre­par­ing for win­ter road main­te­nance, stock­pil­ing 3,500 cu­bic me­tres of sand and pur­chas­ing a new piece of equip­ment.

Two bids were re­ceived for the ten­der re­leased by the city re­gard­ing their an­nual sand pur­chase. Wen­dell Far­quhar Truck­ing won the bid with an of­fer of $20 per cu­bic me­tre.

In to­tal, the con­tract amounts to $70,000, a fig­ure that was in­cluded in the 2018 city op­er­at­ing bud­get.

The con­tract pro­vides for the “screen­ing, treat­ing, remix­ing and stock­pil­ing” of the win­ter sand, a re­port from the city’s pub­lic works ex­plains.

The sand will be stored at the pub­lic works stor­age yard lo­cated on High­way 108, near Esten Drive North.

Coun­cil voted to ap­prove this de­ci­sion at its Oct. 9 last meet­ing.

At that meet­ing, Dar­ryl Hal­loch, pub­lic works di­rec­tor, also brought up the need for a new front-end loader.

Hal­loch ex­plained that the city cur­rently owns two fron­tend load­ers, the small­est is sta­tioned at the pub­lic works yard and used to load trucks with sand and salt.

“It is too old and tired to help with snow re­moval,” Hal­loch clar­i­fied.

This unit has been in ser­vice since 1991 and has 5,736 hours on it. There are “nu­mer­ous” hy­draulic re­lated is­sues with the ma­chine, and although func­tional, a full re­pair would “far ex­ceed” it’s value.

The sec­ond unit is used to re­move snow through­out the city. Although a newer model, this 2012 Cat has 6,000 hours of use with a shorter life ex­pectancy “due to the fact it is used an­nu­ally to clear large amounts of heavy snow,” par­tic­u­larly large snow­banks, and the banks along city streets.

For the past few win­ters the city has been rent­ing a loader to help with snow clear­ance at a cost of $20,000 per year.

The new Cat 930k, would elim­i­nate the need to rent, and as it tips the scales at 1,000 pounds heav­ier than their cur­rent loader, “it is a more suit­able and safe op­tion to run the snow blower at­tach­ment” used for cut­ting back snow­banks.

Toromont is the lo­cal Cat dealer, and hal­loch em­pha­sized they have “al­ways pro­vided ex­cel­lent ser­vice” to the city’s pub­lic works de­part­ment if there were any is­sues with the ma­chines.

The cost of the new fron­tend loader is $226,500. The 2018 bud­get al­lo­cated a to­tal of $100,000 to re­place the front-end loader, so the pur­chase is $126,500 over bud­get. Cur­rently, there is a to­tal of $1,095,000 in the city’s fleet re­serve.

more­over, hal­loch told coun­cil, the rental fee over the next six years will al­most cover the over­age, a point picked up by the city’s Cao dan Gagnon, who men­tioned the city would re­al­lo­cate that money back into the fleet re­serve.

The pur­chase of the new loader would also ex­tend the work­ing life of the two cur­rently op­er­ated by the pub­lic works.

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