Stormwater Utility is buying a new backhoe.
And saving a bunch
At its meeting
Monday night, the Stormwater Management Board voted unanimously to purchase
a Case 580 Super N Loader/Backhoe for $95,000, from McCann Industries of
While new backhoes
generally go for $180,000 or more, the Town of Chesterton’s membership in
the National Joint Powers Alliance entitles the town to make purchases off
nationally and competitively solicited contracts and to save money through
leveraged volume pricing.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to approve the 2018 budget.
provides for the following:
* Revenues of
$512,000 from commercial sales, that is, from the revenues generated by the
monthly stormwater fee charged to households and businesses, plus
miscellaneous revenues of $50,350 from interest and dividend income, late
fees and penalties, and a capital outlay transfer, for total projected
revenues in 2018 of $562,350.
* Total revenues
for operations of $544,350.
* Total expenses of
$544,262. Of that amount, $349,180 is projected for wages, salaries,
pension, and benefits; $11,550 for materials and supplies; $15,500 for
contractual services; $9,000 for transportation expenses; $3,000 for
stormwater quality outreach and education; $53,950 for miscellaneous
expenses; and $102,062 for debt service on the $800,000 stormwater bond
issued in 2011.
* And a total
surplus, at the end of 2018, of $88.
The monthly rate
paid by residential users of the stormwater system is $6.83.
voted unanimously to approve this year’s write-offs of unpaid and
uncollectable outstanding balances, owed--generally speaking--by former
residents who’ve moved out of town.
The 15 write-offs
totaled $489.56, compared to $1,155.46.
November in Review
In November the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $4,634 and in the year-to-date is
running a surplus of $163,158.
Members took a
moment at the end of the meeting to bid farewell to their colleague, Al
Pisarski, who is stepping off the board.
“Thanks, Al, for
your service to us and the community,” President Tom Kopko said. “I hope we
can find an equal replacement for you.”
Pisarski, for his
part, had nothing but praise for staff. “Your knowledge is far above what I
realized you needed to know when I first came to the board,” he said. “Your
professionalism is above and beyond what anybody could expect.”