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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Council Approves Truck Purchase for Parks


November 16, 2018

The Sidney City Council Tuesday approved the purchase of a new single-axle dump truck for the Parks Department.

The Parks department included a one-ton dump truck in the 2018-2019 budget. The council had previously appropriated $46,119 to purchase a new truck. The Department found a state bid Ford F450 XLT with a gasoline engine in Lincoln. The pickup is listed almost $1,000 under budget at $45,247.

The new truck will replace a 1996 Chevrolet 3500 dump truck.

In a memo to the city council, Parks Superintendent Tom Von Seggern said the Department uses the dump truck to haul a variety of materials and equipment. It will also be available to pull the 20-foot deck trailer and move picnic tables for city events. In discussion before council, City Manager Ed Sadler said resources are shared between departments.

Von Seggern’s letter to the council said the Parks Department checked with two local dealerships. The Chevrolet dealership did not stock cab-chassis vehicles of this size for 2018 and Chevrolet trucks are in the middle of a redesign for their three-quarter ton and larger trucks. The Dodge dealership indicated it can quote pickups, but not trucks of this size.

The council also received a report of volunteer appointments and remaining vacancies. Library Director Andrew “Sherm” Sherman said Ami Jaggers is not returning to the library board. However, Sandy White agreed to return for a second term on the board. The Library Board has five members, each serving four-year terms with a limit of two four-year terms, not including completing vacated terms.

The Civil Service Commission consists of three members appointed by the city manager for six-year terms. Currently, the Civil Service Commission is composed of Dr. Jeff Cook, Sue Hiett and Gary Hawkins. Hawkins’ term expires on Nov. 18. Tuesday evening, the council was notified that Hawkins agreed to return to the Civil Service Commission for another six-year term.

The Historic Preservation Board consists of seven members; three are residents with an interest in history, and four are owners of property within Sidney’s historic district. Tuesday evening, Economic Development Director Melissa Norgard told the council Kathy Wilson and Stephen Wood were appointed for three-year terms.


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