Grosse Pointe Woods council approves several vehicle, equipment purchases

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 21, 2020

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Department of Public Safety and the Department of Public Works will both receive several new equipment pieces and vehicles to replace outdated apparatus.

At the July 13 Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting held via Zoom videoconferencing, the council members voted 7-0 to approve the purchases. Each equipment piece was a separate agenda item.

The council approved several purchases, including a brush chipper and sewer camera. Now that the purchases were approved, the equipment has been ordered.

The Department of Public Works’ new chipper will replace a 26-year-old model, which, according to Public Works Director Frank Schulte, has become unreliable because of its age. The new 2020 Morbark Eeger Beever 1415 chipper is comparable in size to the old chipper and has a diesel engine.

The Morbark company, based in Winn, Michigan, was the lowest bidder with a price of $42,757.80. The cost includes delivery and a 60-month engine, transmission and frame rail warranty through the Sourcewell Program, a cooperative purchasing program for states and government agencies.

Council also approved a sewer camera from Ferguson Waterworks in Warren for $11,004.40. Department officials use sewer cameras to help residents with sewer line issues in their homes on a weekly basis.

The Department of Public Works will be replacing its 2006 Workhorse water truck with a new Freightliner water truck from Versalift Midwest, in Shelby Township, for $181,869. The new truck will be used on all water main breaks and sewer repairs and has a 60-month engine, transmission and frame rail warranty.

The Department of Public Works also will purchase a 2021 GMC 2500HD 4WD with regular cab pickup and a dump box and plow from Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Westland. For $46,021, the new vehicle will be utilized for water main and sewer repairs; parking meter work and collection; and plowing of city streets, parking lots and park areas. The vehicle was purchased from the Oakland County Bid Purchase Program, which offered the lowest price available. The new purchase will replace a 2003 GMC 2,500-ton truck with a dump box.

The council also approved the purchase of a new John Deere compact utility tractor with backhoe for $56,974.79 from AIS Construction Equipment in New Haven, and a 5-yard dump truck with plow and salt spreader for $128,683.08 from Jorgensen Ford Sales, located in Detroit.

The final purchase approval for the Department of Public Works was a 2020 GMC Terrain AWD 4-door SLE utility vehicle through the Oakland County Bid Purchase Program from Todd Wenzel Buick GMC for $26,241.00.

According to City Council documents, on May 29, an employee at Lake Front Park crossed the intersection at Marter Road and Jefferson Avenue in a park pickup truck when a vehicle ran the red light and crashed into the city’s vehicle. The driver was not hurt in the crash, but the park pickup truck was a total loss.

Funds for the purchases are in the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget, minus the GMC terrain, which will require a fund balance transfer.

The council approved three Department of Public Safety purchases. One was the purchase of two 2020 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles for $99,029.55. The purchase is an approved item in the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget in the vehicle maintenance public safety fund.

As per city documents, the Ford police vehicles are specifically designed to handle pursuit driving. The new 2020 model was built with 160 pounds of extra steel to provide a new protective frame. The vehicles will be purchased through Signature Ford in Owosso.

The included warranty for the new vehicles is 36,000 miles or 36 months factory bumper to bumper and 100,000 miles or 60 months for the powertrain. The purchase includes all required equipment and installation.

Council also approved the purchase of a new 2020 GMC Terrain to be used as an administrative vehicle for the director of public safety. The cost is $32,463.05 and is an approved item in the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget in the vehicle maintenance public safety fund. Like the Ford police vehicles, the Terrain has a 36-month, 36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile power-train warranty. Rear-vision cameras are standard equipment on the vehicle. The costs include all required equipment and installation.

The council also approved the purchase of 11 automated external defibrillators from Team Life Inc. to replace expired units currently being used in Public Safety vehicles and throughout the City complex. AED units are used in medical emergencies when someone is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The units can analyze the rhythm of the heart and deliver electrical shock or defibrillation when necessary.

The purchase is for $17,377.50. Team Life Inc. is located in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The defibrillators are a budgeted expense in the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget.

“We’re reaching the point (that), within the next year, we’re not going to be able to service them anymore because of their age,” Department of Public Safety Director John Kosanke said.