By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON TOWNSHIP — A few municipal parking lots in Benton Township will get a touch-up this summer.
Trustees accepted a $14,630 bid from Arnt Asphalt at Tuesday’s board meeting for the crack fill, seal coating and lot stripping for more than 125,000 square feet.
The parking lots to be updated include ones at the municipal building, the police station, both fire stations and at the water plant.
Building Inspector Tom Baldwin recommended the bid despite Shembarger Asphalt Sealing submitting a bid for $11,460.
Clerk Carolyn Phillips explained Baldwin made his recommendation because the quote from Shembarger had a discrepancy in the area amount and the length of crack sealing.
“The quote showed less repairs on the parking lot that needed to be done, the total area was less than what needed to be done,” Phillips said. “That’s why we went with the higher bid because it required more work.”
Township to get crane
Trustees looked over a cost estimate for the township to buy its own crane for the maintenance garage. Including the price of installation, the crane will cost the township about $9,800.
Andy Jordan, supervisor of the Public Works Department, told trustee the crane would be attached to one of the township’s existing trucks to be used to pull pumps out from lift stations that are facing maintenance problems.
“The newer lift stations we are putting in have the pumps in a pit so we have to call a tow truck to pull the pump out each time it malfunctions,” Jordan said. “We are reliant on their schedule, so if it’s two in the morning and a pump fails, we have to wait for a tow truck. If we had our own equipment, we could pull it out ourselves.”
Trustee Carolyn Fowler said she liked the idea because she saw it as a cost-saving purchase. Comptroller Kelli Nelson said based on towing bills and the price of the crane, it would take five years for the township to make its money back on its investment.
The crane will be bought from Hoekstra Equipment, which the township has gone through previously for equipment.
The next township meeting was moved to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 in place of Aug. 2, which coincides with the primary election. Phillips said the office will be used for polling purposes.