MOUNT VERNON — Several big purchases are on the horizon for the Mount Vernon Street Department.
Three items were approved by City Council including a new street sweeper for $185,000; a one-ton dump truck for $80,000; and a replacement hydraulic system for a truck’s spreader at a price of $6,000.
Also approved was an upgrade to the city’s computer system, including two servers which will allow city departments to have easier access to shared documents — a purchase item of $70,000.
The brick street projects will continue with work on McKenize Street from Sugar to Hamtramck streets and one small area on Division Street, north of Gambier Street. The two projects are totaled at $238,700.
“There were some things that the departments wanted but we just didn’t have the money in the budget for so those things will have to wait until next year. We asked the departments to prioritize what they needed the most,” said Mavis.
In addition, the budget includes: $425,000 in city-wide street paving and resurfacing for this coming summer, and $150,000 for a cemetery wall on the Mansfield Road side of Mound View Cemetery.
Preparing for the future, the city allocated $2,000 for the future construction of a combined utility and street department garage as well as $4,000 toward a new fire engine. These funds, Mavis said, will be left in savings accounts and each year funds will be added for the construction of a new garage and the purchase of a fire engine.