The Township Board also approved spending up to $1,500 for a protective coating on certain parts of the ToolCat in order to extend its use; as well as $1,500 for a two-way radio, antenna and installation.
Once ordered, the ToolCat is expected to arrive in about eight weeks, VerBerkmoes said.
“I anticipate that it will be here and ready for winter,” he said during Monday’s meeting.
The Township Board also approved the purchase of a TurfCat 628 from Jacobsen Equipment for just over $26,000, which will replace the township’s 1997 John Deere mower. The John Deere was expected to be replaced in 2012 for about $20,000, according to Township Manager Bill Cargo.
The TurfCat, similar to a riding lawn mower, will be used as a riding lawn mower in the summer and for snow removal from the wooden bridges along the bike paths in the winter, Cargo said. It includes several pieces of equipment — such as a cab for employees in the winter, which can be taken off in the summer months.
“The ToolCat is too heavy to be used on the bridges,” Cargo said.
The total cost of the two machines and the equipment, protective coating and radio cost nearly $93,000 — about $4,200 less than what township officials estimated earlier this month.
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