Bids for replacement vehicles for the police department, utilities, golf course and refuse were approved by Delta City Council last week. All the purchases were budgeted in 2013.
Two Jacobsen greens mowers will be purchased from C&M Golf & Grounds Equipment for $52,470.
A model 2013 Peterbilt truck chassis will be purchased from Grand Junction Peterbilt for $126,747, to be combined with a Bridgeport refuse body from American Transportation & Equipment for $91,030.
Two local dealerships won the bids for the police department and utilities vehicles. A 2013 Taurus will be purchased from Hellman Motor Company for $27,775 and put to work as a patrol car. A 2013 Equinox crossover from Hellman Chevrolet-Buick, to be used by the utilities director, was bought for $25,292.
During the Dec. 18 city council meeting, the city awarded the bid for a pipe replacement project on Garnet Mesa to Wells Excavation & Farming.
Public works director Jim Hatheway said the project consists of replacement of a 30-year-old pipe that starts on the east side of 1st and Grand, up the hill 250 feet to a new structure that will join into the open Garnet Mesa Ditch. The failing CMP pipe will be replaced by HDPE, a welded, fused joint pipe that's impervious to the invasion of roots and other foliage.
Seven bids were received for the project, ranging from Wells' low bid of $30,717.60 to a high bid of $79,186 from Telluride Gravel.
A moratorium on retail and wholesale marijuana businesses within city limits became official upon second reading and publication in this week's Delta County Independent. The moratorium will remain in effect until Sept. 4, or until council takes further action to "protect and preserve the health, safety, welfare, and economic well-being of the City of Delta and its citizenry." During the nine-month moratorium, city staff will be evaluating the implications of Amendment 64 while protecting city residents against "any possibility of the proliferation of retail or wholesale marijuana shops and dispensaries."
The ordinance notes the majority of Delta voters supported a city council prohibition against "medical" marijuana dispenaries in a previous ballot initiative.
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