Lake Linden to bid for street equipment

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Clerk Bob Poirier, far left, discusses potential bids at an equipment auction with the Lake Linden Village Council Thursday. From left are President Glenn Schuldt, President Pro-Tem Allan Hoffman and Trustees James Aittama, Shanda Miller, Jason Reese and John Codere.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden is look to upgrade its street equipment after the Village Council on Thursday authorized spending up to $30,000 to buy a used loader-mounted snowblower and a street sweeper in an online auction later this month.

Both are expected to come in between $10,000 to $12,000, Poirier said.

In conversations with Department of Public Works supervisor Andrew Goldsworthy, the seller said it could be hooked up and running immediately, Clerk Bob Poirier said.

Aside from the engine, all its parts are identical to the village’s current model, which will lower future repair costs, Poirier said.

The street sweeper is 11 years newer, with fewer hours logged on it.

“This unit’s had a lot of recent repairs that ours is going to need in the near future,” Poirier said. “It’s an opportunity to upgrade a bit.”

The village had initially considered selling its current sweeper. However, the undercarriage and brushes are in good shape, and could be used to extend the life of the next sweeper, Poirier said.

Bids must be submitted March 27 by 10 a.m. The auction then proceeds in one-minute increments. If a bid is received within one minute, the deadline is extended by 10 minutes.

“We keep a close eye on this kind of equipment and have watched this kind of thing before,” Poirier said. “It’s not like eBay, where there’s 40 bids in the last minute-and-a-half.”

Trustee John Codere asked if the $30,000 would hurt the village’s ability to respond to unplanned expenses like repairing water damage. Poirier said the village’s $177,000 in the General Fund is well above the $60-80,000 it would normally have this time of year.

Much of that difference comes from the 100 percent reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency post-flood repairs on Second Street, Poirier said.

“That’s essentially two-and-a-half weeks of work we didn’t pay for,” he said.