Melfort City Council deals with unforeseen vehicle expense

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At their regular meeting on Monday, February 10 Melfort City Council dealt with an unforeseen repair expense for a vehicle. The city has been without one of their trucks used for things such as snow removal due to an engine issue and will now have an unforeseen expense of up to over $25,000.

“It’s a motor issue and we aren’t quite sure what the issue is so we are contracting a service provider to evaluate and repair that motor based on what he finds and as long as it works in the budget we have allotted for it,” Melfort Mayor Rick Lang said.

At their meeting on January 27 the Works and Utilities Committee recommended that the city accept a quote from RPM Diesel Inc. and verify the issue with the engine for the truck. The unbudgeted expense is of approximately $22,552 or up to $25,532 plus applicable taxes. This includes $15,646.17 plus applicable taxes for the diagnostics, injector repair for $6,886.68 and DPF replacement at approximately $3,000 if they are required.

They will be doing a retrofit of a whole frame on the vehicle because the new Cummins engine would not fit on the old frame.

“So we are going with this process. It will be cheaper if it works and I guess we will have to wait and see what result we get from inspection,” Lang explained.

The  truck is used for snow removal and the Cummins engine has a mechanical issue to be diagnosed.

“And they technically last longer than this but that’s beside the point. So it’s a choice of doing it this way or getting a new Cummins engine and trying to retrofit and potentially there was at least a $15,000 extra cost to do it without a retrofit. So we are going with a repair instead,” Lang said.

The lack of the truck has not had an effect on snow removal service so far in the city.

“Not so far based on the fact we haven’t had a lot of snow and snow removal. So it has been good timing that way so it hasn’t impacted any of our services so far,” Lang said.

 

Lang explained that the truck issue could affect the budget in the foreseeable future but that is to be determined. The truck repair could impact rate changes which are evaluated twice a year to see what falls in budget.

“It could be any extra expenses that are unforeseen so that is done twice a  year, she (Sandy Peterson) does that evaluation, and then we decide if we have to adjust the rates or not and typically we don’t adjust them for unforeseen budget expenses but it is possible that we could if we have to. So this is something that is a little unusual,” he explained.

According to Lang he suspects that it will likely work within the budget,.

“I am going to suspect that is probably what is going to happen it will probably work out within the existing budget but as you analyze it as the year goes on there may have to be an adjustment,” he said.

 

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