Dec 03, 2019 2:00 PM

Great Bend decides to buy used on dump truck, saves nearly $96K

Posted Dec 03, 2019 2:00 PM

Photo of dump truck from Doonan Peterbilt of Great Bend.


By COLE REIF

Great Bend Post


At the August 5th Great Bend City Council meeting, the board approved the purchase of a new dump truck for $141,895. There were questions before the approval of why the city should spend so much money on a truck that was going to be utilized on city streets and why used trucks were not solicited.


On Monday, the City Council went back on that approval after City Administrator Kendal Francis told the governing body staff was notified of a used dump truck from Doonan Peterbilt of Great Bend.


"Our staff and staff mechanics looked over the piece of equipment and it fit everything that we were wanting for size," said Francis. "Staff is confident that this is a sound piece of equipment."


The used 2011 International dump truck has 350,000 miles and was recently acquired by Doonan’s in a trade. The cost of the used truck is $46,000.


Saving nearly $100,000, the City of Great Bend will be able to move quicker in obtaining brining equipment for snow and ice treatment.


"We anticipate a system to make and store brine to be somewhere in the $35,000 range," said Francis. "It would be our plan to move forward with bids so by winter 2020 we would be prepared to apply brine for pre-treatment for storms."


The City of Great Bend saved $63,000 each of the past two years with an additional $24,000 this year in order to purchase the dump truck.


The used model comes with a snow plow and sand spreader. The City Council approved the purchase of the dump truck from Doonan’s.

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Dec 03, 2019 2:00 PM
Three city employees to graduate from CPM program

By COLE REIF

Great Bend Post


Great Bend City Administrator Kendal Francis commended three department heads with the City of Great Bend for graduating from the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.


The CPM is a year-long, nationally-accredited program designed specifically for those in public management. The program helps employees develop and strengthen their management skill sets.


"The program is approximately 300 contact hours," said Francis. "They were doing this on top of their normal duties. They also put together a capstone project to better the city."


Fire Chief Luke McCormick, Police Chief David Bailey, and Human Resources Director Randy Keasling will complete the CPM this week.


Francis anticipated the three will be presenting their capstone project, to better the city, to the council for approval sometime in February.