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Council Approves Capital Improvements
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Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer will be busy in the next few months approving work contracts and signing purchase orders for more than a half dozen city capital improvements that involve either construction or equipment acquisitions for the City of Oakdale.

On Monday, Oct. 6, the Oakdale City Council heard staff reports from Public Services Director Thom Clark on upcoming projects for water meter upgrades, street slurry sealing, water tank modifications, curb repairs, water well drilling, and public works vehicle replacement.

The council also heard from Redevelopment Coordinator Lourdes Barragan regarding a $15,400 contract to install fencing on Sierra Avenue under the Redevelopment Successor Agency funds.

The majority of the discussion surrounded public and some council member concerns regarding the proposal to purchase two utility trucks and a crane truck for the Public Works Department. Two utility trucks, at a total cost of $85,736 would be purchased from Steves Chevrolet with the cost split 40-60 between the water capital replacement fund and sewer capital replacement fund.

The trucks are a necessity to replace outdated, high-mileage trucks currently in use.

When questions were asked about the advantage of having the crane truck over contracting out for the service, Clark stated that the crane truck was a regular piece of equipment that many of the other surrounding cities and districts had as well as it was needed for emergency situations when time for finding a vendor wasn’t practical for the situation.

“It’s a major necessity for when we need it,” said Clark. “(In those situations) When we need it, we need it now.”

Clark estimated that by the city having its own crane truck, it would pay for itself in less than the truck’s estimated 10-year expected lifetime. Clark proposed that the $122,518 truck be purchased from local vendor Haidlen Ford.

Though Haidlen Ford wasn’t the lowest bidder, they were 1.85 percent of the low bid and a city administrative policy allows a four-percent variance for the city to purchase locally. The council unanimously approved all the capital improvement proposals.

Councilman Don Petersen indicated that even though the projects and purchases were high dollar amounts, all of the funding came out of the city’s special restricted funds and not the general fund.

“We will continue to see these things, but we are being prudent and they are within our budget,” said Whitemyer, pointing out all of the proposals were part of the plan the council adopted when they approved the 2014-2015 budget. “We are being efficient and living within our means.”

In addition to the capital improvements, the council also approved Lighting and Landscape Maintenance District agreements with Grover Landscaping for the Vineyards and Sterling Hills neighborhoods and to Swift Lawn and Garden for the Bridle Ridge, Reinman Court, and Sunset Meadows districts.