YORKTON - There is a definite cost to sweeping streets, and Yorkton Council learned Monday just how expensive as they were asked to approve the purchase of a new street sweeper.
“The purchase of a new street sweeper was included in the 2021 approved capital budget. Due to availability issues, the tender was postponed until 2022. The new unit will replace an older, existing street sweeper,” said René Richard, Director of Engineering and Asset Management, with the City at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.
The street sweeper was put to tender in April.
“For this particular type of equipment, there were realistically only two bidders that would be expected due to its specialized nature,” said Richard.
Two vendors took the tender documents from the Biddingo site, however only one bid was received.
The bid from Fer-Marc Equipment Ltd.for $425,714, plus taxes was deemed to be the best value as it was the only bid, was within budgetary estimates and met all specifications, said Richard.
“Funding for this project will come from the Fleet Reserve as approved during budget deliberations,” he added.
Council passed the recommendation to purchase the unit.