The golf course’s fleet of mowers had aged to the point that Golf Course Manager Don Cummings said they were almost inoperable and have become impossible to find parts to repair or replace. He said that most manufacturers discontinue mower parts for models after seven years and some of these items are 13 years old.
The new mowers will cost a total of $137,760, including the financing cost of 4.5 interest. The course will make $2,870 per month payments for 48 months.
Cummings said the course will likely get four to six years out of the used equipment.
“We want to replace 10 pieces of equipment, and we want to add two new pieces of equipment,” Cummings told the council. He explained to the council how each of the items are used to improve and maintain the landscape of the course.
In other business:
•The council voted to official accept the resignation of City Clerk Cindy Vines Pritchett. Pritchett sent a letter of resignation to the council late last month.
•The council voted to pay two small work-related injuries, totalling just over $300, rather than filing claims on the workman’s compensation insurance.
•The council once again tabled a motion to add cameras to the city hall security system.
•The council also tabled, for a second time, a request from Police Chief John Duchock that would allow him to retire and come back to work for the city as a contract employee at a lower rate of pay.
•The council approved $5,000 to buy a new city car from a state auction. The former city car was declared unfixable earlier this year. The city has been paying mileage to employees when they have to run errands since that time.