SIKESTON - The city of Morehouse will purchase a 1976 fire truck declared surplus equipment by the city of Sikeston for $10,257.60.
Council members approved the sale during Monday's regular Sikeston City Council meeting.
Morehouse's bid was the highest with a private company offering $750 and the city of Bertrand bidding $7,500, according to Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.
Juden said the truck was the sole remaining gasoline-fueled truck in the city's fleet.
In other Sikeston City Council business:
* The bid for two new commercial-grade front-mounted mowers was awarded to Aufdenberg Equipment Co. which offered two 2002 John Deere 1435 mowers for $11,871 with the trade-in of the city's mowers as recommended by the bid review committee.
Also bidding was Nelson Tractor and Equipment Co. which offered two 2000 Kubota mowers for $10,877 with trade-in. Both vendors offered $14,000 for the city's old mowers.
The bid review committee recommended accepting the higher bid from Aufdenberg Equipment "based on operators' preference, warranty ... and parts availability offered by the two bidders," according to Jiggs Moore, director of parks and recreation.
Although city staff reported having good experiences with the service departments of both vendors, they said parts for the Kubota mowers needed on a regular basis such as mower blades often had to be ordered while Aufdenberg generally has what is needed in stock or can have it the next day.
Moore said the mowers are on a two-year replacement cycle as this keeps them under warranty.
* The April 2 general election was certified by council members.
The paperwork requirements are to be served no later than Jan. 22 to the Scott and New Madrid county clerks, according to city officials.
Sue Rogers and incumbents Phil Boyer and Bill Mitchell are the candidates running for the two seats opening on the city council.
Council tabled certification of the Home Rule Charter for the April ballot, however, pending the results of a special Charter Commissioner meeting scheduled for Jan. 14.
* Bob Buchanan and Steve McPheeters were reappointed by city council members to fill two of the four terms which expired Dec. 31 on the SAHEC Advisory Council.
Also selected for three-year terms were Kim Heckemeyer and Audrey "Gail" Emanuel Hundley to replace Brian Menz and Troy Wilson.
The city appoints 15 people to the SAHEC Advisory Council, according to city officials. The SAHEC Advisory Council meets quarterly to assist the SEMO Board of Regents in determining curriculum at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center.
* Council approved a professional services contract with Robert Stearnes and Associates for architectural services on the concession stand-restroom facility at the Sikeston sports complex.
Robert Stearnes and Associates was the only vendor to reply to the request for proposals, according to city officials, bidding a fee of 7.5 percent.
* A replat of the Tarager Court Subdivision which resized commercial-zoned lots near Helen's Florist on Helen and the replat of Chamber of Commerce Addition which divided a commercial lot into two smaller lots were approved by council members.
The city's Planning and Zoning Commission passed a favorable recommendation for approval of both replats during their Dec. 18 meeting, according to Tom Bridger, public works director.