GH Twp. approves bike path snow removal equipment

New equipment to plow snow from 22 miles of bike paths in Grand Haven Township is expected to arrive in about eight weeks, according to Mark VerBerkmoes, the township's public works director. The Grand Haven Township Board on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of a 5600 Turbo ToolCat F-series work machine from Carleton Equipment for $63,860. The price tag includes a 22.7-percent municipal discount.
Kyle Moroney
Aug 23, 2011

 

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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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