taxpayers will soon be the owner of new construction equipment that will be used by city employees to repair roads.
The Park city council voted unanimously Monday to spend $30,000 for a roller and two other machines--two to be purchased and one to be rented--to resurface and repair streets.
Many of the streets are deteriorating as the city budget got tighter in the last few years and road repairs came lower on the list of priorities. This is similar in many cities throughout Michigan.
The vote came after City Manager Dale Krajniak explained that tax dollars will be saved by having city employees use city equipment to do the work rather than hiring contractors. At least one seasonal city employee could be hired to help with the work, he told the council.
“This particular year, as monies are tight, especially for street resurfacing, we wish to expand work done by our own personnel,” he said. It will greatly expand the ability to do repairs and do them on a more active role.
“It will reduce costs. When you contract out you pay a premium. They are required to generate a profit. Besides not having a need to generate a profit, we also have the advantage of not paying income taxes. We have a very capable staff that allows us to do this work for much less."
Streets throughout the Park are in need of repair. He specifically mentioned Balfour and St. Paul, Avondale and Windmill Pointe.
He said the equipment would also be used to separate sanitary sewer and storm drains on Wayburn, Lakepointe and Maryland.
“Our guys do a great job with small repairs. “You’ll notice intersections deteriorate the quickest. “Long term we need to look at resurfacing in its entirety.”
Council members Daniel Clark and Robert Denner said they support the purchase and the plan for employees to do the work, but they see it as only a temporary fix and know there’s a need to find money for longer-term fixes to the Park’s streets.