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September 21, 2022

 

 

 

 

  • Water, gas and streets department in need of some new equipment and a truck

By Rebecca Dopp
TN Correspondent

Chad Phillips, Mona City gas and water operator, gave his report to the Mona City Council on Tuesday, September 13.

He said that he was still getting bids for locating equipment.

“I still have bids out,” he said. “I’m having trouble getting bids back, for some reason, and of course they all have different equipment so it’s a matter of trying to figure out exactly what we need and what’s going to be the best for the best cost.”

Mayor Randy Christensen asked if Phillips had a ball park figure.

Phillips said the locator would run between $3,000-$6,000. The last handheld the city had bought, without the command link, ran $2,500. It did have the software with it.

“The handheld we got through Mountainland, we’ve gone through them before,” Phillips said.

He said the company had the best deal because they set up the software and did all of the support. Phillips wondered if the city could go with the company they’d been using or if he needed to get three bids.

Jay Christensen, council member, asked if Phillips had looked for a state contract.

Michelle Dalton, secretary/treasurer, said that three bids were not needed if it was a state-negotiated contract or a single source provider. She said they could look through the state website and check.

Phillips said that Mountainland is who they went through for meters.

He also wanted to discuss the fire hydrant on 100 South and 200 East.

“I’ve had parts on order for four months, five months, and doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get them,” he said.

He said that while Barton Excavating was in the area, could the city have them replace the fire hydrant as well.

“They cost $12,000 each to replace them,” said Sara Samuelson, finance director.

R. Christensen asked if that included the hydrant and the labor. Phillips said yes it included that.

J. Christensen asked how many Barton had replaced so far. Phillips said that they had worked on three, including the one they broke. Parts for that hydrant were the last ones they could get. Barton scoured everywhere for those parts.

Barton accidentally hit the hydrant with their loader and broke some parts on it. Once they found some parts, they were told those parts were obsolete and would be unable to find in the future.

Phillips said the city had a lot of fire hydrants that are not made anymore.

“I found one that was from 1964,” he said.

The fire department is requesting that the city replace all hydrants with 5” ports.

R. Christensen said that the city will need to replace instead of repair in the future. Also, if any hydrant is unusable, it should be covered with a black bag.

The council voted to replace the fire hydrant. The money will have to come out of the budget and not get added to an existing contract.

Phillips informed the council that the fire department would like to exercise the hydrants in town and needed council approval.

“We do the maintenance on them, but it wouldn’t hurt to exercise them more than once a year,” Phillips said. “That would give them a better idea of where they’re at, and if there was an issue with a hydrant they can let us know and we can take care of it.”

The council gave approval for that action.

Phillips’s last item of business was to ask about purchasing a truck that can be used to haul tools for the water, gas and streets departments.

“It’s an idea we’ve been kicking around for awhile,” he said.

The truck would be useful if the gas truck is tied up on another project.

R. Christensen asked what size would be needed. Phillips said that a full-size truck with a bed would be the best.

“We’ve worked with what we have, and that’s turned out pretty good,” he said.

The council will discuss what would be the best course of action.

Phillips said he was also preparing for a sanitary survey on October 11th.

Ron Warren, council member, reported on the meter situation later on in council member reports.

“There’s a lot of headway being made on the meters,” he said.

He said that there were a few meters that had been buried or landscaped over.

Warren said that they had one issue with a meter that was buried beneath a sidewalk. This had occurred in several spots, but those had been fixed so they were exposed. Warren worried about that being a safety concern, or the cone would be broken. He suggested cutting the cement out and then covering the hole with a metal grate.

Phillips said he didn’t know what the best solution would be.