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Government - Local

Plano City Council OKs truck purchase, hiring of consultant

Plano’s Street Department will purchase two new pickup trucks and dispose of one that has seen better days, according to Randy Klatt, street superintendent.

During a June 25 meeting, city council members approved the purchase of two 2019 Ford F-250 XL 4X4 regular cab pickup trucks with 8.5-foot-wide plows from Gjovik Ford of Sandwich. Both have 8-foot boxes, Klatt said.

The base price for each was $35,945, but with options and the destination charge, the total cost was $48,480. However, with Gjovik’s Ford discount, the final price for each vehicle was $35,440, Klatt said. Gjovik was the low bidder, he added.

One of the aldermen asked what Klatt planned to do with the pickup trucks that will be replaced. He said the 2003 truck with 90,000 miles will probably be taken to the junk yard.

The 2006 model with 80,000 miles is still usable, so he said it will be kept for use by the water department for frequent trips to the water towers and treatment plant.

Klatt said the water department has two other vehicles that may be sold depending on whether the head of the department plans on continuing to use them.

Consultant, a former official, hired

In other business, city council members voted to hire John P. McGinnis, the city’s former longtime director of public works, street and public improvements, for a temporary consulting job.

McGinnis left the city in November of 2016 after 35 years, and started his own company, John P. McGinnis Consulting Services.

Mayor Bob Hausler said McGinnis, a registered engineer, has done work for the city on an hourly basis since retiring.

Council members approved hiring McGinnis at the engineer’s standard rate of $95 per hour to do plan review work on Lakewood Springs, Units 1, 3B, and 5 and Churchill Farms Units 1 and 2. 

According to the agreement with the city, he will be providing the city with information about the public improvements in the proposed new sections of the two subdivisions.

This will include street lengths, widths, pavement type, curb and gutter length and types, sidewalk length and width, number and types of street lights, length and diameter of storm sewers, length and diameters of sanitary sewers, and the length and diameter of water mains for each street.

The agreement says the work must be completed within 10 hours at $95 per hour.

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