City truck repairs

Clarkston City Council approved $1,030 to repair and replace the front suspension on the city’s Ford 5500 dump truck, including new front tires.
The cost came in above the $1,000 maximum allowed for emergency repairs without prior council approval.
“It was critical the repairs be completed this week as we rely on this truck every day,” said City Manager Jonathan Smith at the July 22 City Council meeting.
Hearing a “funny rattling” in the truck, they took the vehicle to AC Tire for evaluation and repair, Smith said.
“They could start on it or send it back. It was just over $1,000, so I decided, let’s just do it. Am I apologizing for it now, I guess I am,” he said.

One Response to "City truck repairs"

  1. Cory Johnston   August 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    The city’s Purchases and Sales ordinance (paragraph 30.16A) defines emergency purchases of up to $1,000 “with the approval of the Mayor” and that it be reported to the Council as soon as possible. Was this an emergency or just a convenience? Was is done with the approval of the Mayor? Shouldn’t someone have noticed problems with the front tires long before it became an emergency?
    The ordinance also states in part B that “The City Manager may not exercise the authority in division (A) if it is feasible to delay the purchase until a special Council meeting is held.”
    Much like the charter, ordinances are apparently only a guideline, not a requirement.


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