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December 11, 2013

Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system

DUNCAN — By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.

Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.

City Manager Jim Frieda said this purchase is a budgeted item for the 2013 fiscal year of the city. The amount budgeted was $10,000. The root cutter is an attachment to a jet truck, and works to clean roots, grease and other debris from sewer mains.

“This is the city’s effort to minimize sanitary sewer overload,” Frieda said.

In other action:

n The council approved the purchase of a vacuum circuit breaker from Schneider Electric. The amount approved was $13,620.

The item was tabled Nov. 26. For the item, bids were sought from four companies, and three companies bid on the item. Other bids were received from Wesco/Diversified for $16,550 and from Mitsibishi Electric for $18,987.

“It’s an automatic electric switch designed to avoid electric surges,” Frieda said. “It’s something we need.”

n After months set aside for rebidding, the council approved waste water system improvements from Wynn Construction in the amount of $92,510.

In the first bid solicitation in September, a bid was missed. This caused the council to reject all bids to give each business a fair opportunity to bid in the project. In November, bids were once again taken.

n Council members approved the purchase of a server virtulaization solution for $76,003.17 from CDW Logistics. This will improve the performance and capacity of the city’s Data Center.

n The council approved canceling the Dec. 24 regular meeting because of its relation to Christmas.

“Annually, we consider taking the last council meeting in December and canceling it,” Frieda said. “This year, the meeting is directly before Christmas.”

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