At its June 15 meeting, the Albertville City Council gave its approval to a purchase of a used street sweeper through an auction website for a tax-included cost of $8,360, an amount the Council estimated as a savings against a new model purchase of upwards of 90%.
The sweeper, a 1996 Elgin Pelican Series model formerly owned by the city of Buffalo, was claimed by the city through a Monticello-based auction house the week before the meeting. The city had been keeping an eye out for a used sweeper in the range of 15-30 years old, which tend to sell for $20,000 to $40,000, according to City Adminstartor Adam Nafstad, who also said a new model can cost as much as $100,000.
“We thought this would be a pretty good buy,” Nafstad said.
Nafstad said that the city has been spending around $10,000 a year for sweeping service. With the city now owning its own sweeper, most or even all of that cost can be eliminated.
“Most importantly of all, [having a city-owned sweeper] will allow us to supplement our sweeping whenever we need to,” Nafstad said. “This will be a big part of our stormwater management program going forward.”
All three Council Members present at the meeting voted aye on a motion to approve the spending for the sweeper.
In other business, the Albertville Council approved a list of 48 appointees as election judges for the upcoming 2020 state primary election on Aug. 11 and the general election of Nov. 3.
Also approved were election judges for the absentee ballot board: Paula Adamski, David Barthomlomew, Maeghan Becker, Sandra Greninger, Amy Jones, Tina Lannes and Kristie Moseng.
Special event permit
The council approved a special event permit allowing a birthday party to be held on July 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. on private property at 10904 57th Street NE.
The approved gathering will see about 50 people in attendance and the event area, a parking lot for businesses northwest of the Casey’s gas station, is considered sufficiently open as to allow for social distancing to be practiced.