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May 6, 2013

Money for parks equipment OK’d by commission

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Works Department now has the authority to make a huge purchase of parks maintenance equipment.

City commissioners approved Monday night a $750,000 request from Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser to buy a slew of machines and tools geared toward keeping parks maintained.

The purchase does not accompany a proposed shuffling of how the parks are managed, but Public Works Director Jim McClain said it would go well with a larger parks staff.

“It’s better served by the restructure,” McClain told Ward 2 Commissioner Mike Stuber.

Restructuring

Stuber wondered whether the equipment could be used with or without the restructuring of parks management. The equipment includes eight mowers, trailers, a tractor, Mule all-terrain vehicles and other lawn-care equipment.

“So if that restructure doesn’t go exactly as it’s presented, are we buying equipment that’s not going to be utilized?” Stuber asked.

City Manager Eric Benson replied that because the mowers and other purchases match the citywide fleet, they can be used in other departments.

“They blend with other divisions of the city,” Benson said. “They don’t just sit there when the parks season’s over. We can use them in the winter, too.”

The city will spend almost $300,000 on 270 rubbish bins and the city park equivalent of a trash truck, a small loader that slings one bin at a time into its hold, then packs the trash for transport.

The Public Works Department also is planning on buying seven leaf blowers and seven weed-eaters, two field striping machines and a professional striping machine.

“It enhances the beauty of the community, makes it cleaner,” said McClain. “It’s just good maintenance.”

The funds are available because of more-than-expected tax revenue.

Budget

Chief Financial Officer Jerald Gilbert presented the first strains of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget Monday night.

There likely will be special meetings May 15 and 17, May 23 and a public hearing on June 4, Gilbert said. The budget is expected to be approved June 18.

Gilbert has estimated $174 million in expenses, with $172.2 million in revenue.

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