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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 247 weeks ago Now that the decision has been made to buy the dozer, can they use at the cemetery too help with drainage problems there? Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Just me · 247 weeks ago I am curious why Jan Korte abstained. Report Reply 3 replies · active 246 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago I would also like to know what Ms. Korte abstained, and also I have a question. Has Mr. Valentine ever voted yes on anything. I understand voting some times to save money, but believe it or not sometimes you pay at little more up front to save in the long run of things. In all the time I have read this site, I cannot remember Mr. Valentine ever to be in favor of anything. Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 247 weeks ago I’m guessing she abstained because her husband Frank Korte, the city judge, voiced his opinion on the matter. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down james jordan · 246 weeks ago yep that was it .. Report Reply -3 Vote up Vote down notlla · 247 weeks ago Some people have a short memory. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Eric Lacey · 247 weeks ago The Cat is the only brand to go with trust me I know that’s the only thing I will ever own,you cant just look at the up front cost,you need to look at the service and parts that Foley will provide you.Plus the Cat will hold its value way over the Deere and Kamatsu. Good choice council on Caterpillar you wont be sorry. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 247 weeks ago I’m glad to hear that the funding will be through dollars collected through the sanitary service. One of the benefits of owning this utility, and Jones made a sound suggestion to not deplete the fund completely. 2.5% interest is cheap money over the long term. I hope they maintain an adequate maintenance budget to keep this machine running beyond its expected life cycle. A dollar spent on maintenance can save $10 spent on repair. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council made the purchase of a new bulldozer for the landfill official Tuesday night, voting 3-1 to buy a new Caterpillar bulldozer from a dealer in Wichita for $374,500. The city will pay $150,000 down and finance the rest. Voting in favor of the purchase of a new bulldozer was: Vince Wetta, Kip Etter, and Bill Butts. Jim Valentine voted against it. Jan Korte abstained. Kelly Green was absent while attending a state water conference. The dozer has been a topic of discussion for a few meetings, and others considered included a new John Deere that would have cost $50,000 less. But city officials felt they would have to spend more on the Deere which would have negated the savings. Public Works director Jeremy Jones said their current piece of equipment is a Kamtasu that has 6,100 hours on it, and it was not designed for landfill type work. They had spent well over $100,000 on repairs over the last year and a half, and Jones said companies he talked to recommended not continuing repairs. They would have to spend $74,000 to replace the motor and it would still need more work. He said even salvage operations did not want the machine for scrap metal. The city held a long work session recently and talked in great detail about the dozers. Judge Frank Korte addressed the council and suggested they try to rebuild the older one. Jones explained that the money for the machine is coming from the departments funds, and not from taxes They get their money through monthly garbage collections as well as transfers and people who bring material to the landfill. That includes non residents of Wellington, so people living outside the city are paying a small part. He said they had the money in the reserve fund about $325,000, but he did not want to completely deplete that fund, so suggested spending $150,000 as a down payment. Jones said people do not realize how harsh of an environment a landfill is for a bulldozer. A machine needs specialized equipment to work in that environment. He said there are 25 caterpillars being used in Kansas landfills, and no John Deere’s. Someone else noted that there are Deere bulldozers being used in other places. The city is currently paying $8,000 per month for a rental unit. The new dozer should be available soon after the first of the year. Councilman Bill Butts said he talked at length with several people in the construction business, â€œand they all said we need the caterpillar.â€ He agreed that it is a lot of money, but spending a lot more to fix up the old unit did not make much sense when that money could have gone for a new unit. Council member Kip Etter said he went to Wichita to look at the bulldozers, and talked with a lot of people, and was convinced the Caterpillar was what the city needs.. â€œFrom what I have seen, while the Deere costs less, the cost of ownership is less with the Caterpillar,â€ Etter said. â€œIt would be made up over the life of the machine.â€ They also took bids for financing, and Cornerbank was given the nod with an interest rate of 2.25 percent. â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢City employees recognizedâ€¦ The city of Wellington recognized employees for years of service. Employee longevity service awards are as follows:Â â€¢10 years of service. Bryan Booth, Water Department.; Bryan Stewart, Police Department; Chrostopher Fullerton, Electric Department John Karns, Electric Production Department. â€¢15 years of service: Nathan Nuss, Sanitation Department; Sandra Brownlee, Utility Collections Department; Jerry Preston, Fire Department. â€¢20 years: Tracy Thomas, Street Department. â€¢25 years: Travis Horsch, Electric Production. â€¢30 years: Mark Farley, Fire Department; Darrell Grizzle, Street Department â€¢35 years: Dale Miller, Electric Distribution. â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Wellington resident concernsâ€¦ City resident Russell Rains addressed the council, and pointed out what may be an unintended consequence in the city’s contract with utility customers. He said he and some friends have been helping some people who are having trouble paying their bills. According to the contract with the city, no one can live in a house that has past due utilities on it. That could mean if he were paying someone’s utility bill, and they owned a back utility bill, he could get in trouble with his own account. City officials said they would look into it, and said they were not aware of anyone having a problem with that type situation. They also said they were unaware that was in the contract. â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ In other news: â€¢ The city agreed to a design engineering service for a road project on Highway 81 from Harvey Street south to Bodkin. This will cost the city $108,000. It is part of a state project and the state will pay 85 percent of the cost up to $1.5 million. â€¢The city will have a work session with officials from the Kansas Power Pool at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 at City Hall.