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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

City Council Approves Equipment Purchases


December 2, 2020 | View PDF

The Sidney City Council approved on Nov. 24 the purchase of mowers for the golf course and for Parks/Cemetery.

Parks Superintendent Tom Von Seggern addressed the city council with a request for two front deck mowers.

During the 2020 budget sessions, $68,000 was budgeted for the Parks and Cemetery Department to purchase two mowers, one for the cemetery and one for parks. The parks department is replacing a 2015 Kubota front deck mower with attachments, and the Cemetery is replacing a 2012 John Deer front deck mower with attachments.

The Parks Department found a Sourcewell Cooperative bid for two John Deer model 1575 machines, with 72-inch mower attachments, a 60-inch rotary broom attachment and a 60-inch hydraulic angling front snow blade attachment.

With trade-in, the new mowers will cost the City $66,814.77. The mowers were purchased from 21st Century.

The City has appropriated $60,000 for a new golf course mower. Bids of $57,208.47 from LL Johnson in Denver, Stotz John Deere in Riverton, Wyo., $58,500 and an alternate model for $61,600. Hillside Manager Patrick Kilbride was asked why he didn't seek a bid from 21st Century Equipment. He said 21st Century isn't licensed to sell golf course equipment.

Council approved purchasing the mower from LL Johnson for $57,000.

In other business, the council approved a manager application for Walmart for Dusty J. Benson as the new manager and making recommendations to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. The council also approved the Year-End Certification of City Street Superintendent Hank Radke and approved second reading of a proposal to move council meeting start time from 7:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

City Manager David Scott also introduced Lane Kizzire as the City's new finance director. Kizzire, a Bayard native, has lived in Sidney for about two-and-a-half years, working for BNSF Railroad before accepting the position with the City.


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