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Council authorizes city manager to purchase loader for SMIC


August 24, 2017 | View PDF

The Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) will be getting some much-needed equipment soon, thanks to the Seward City Council. Members of the council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Jim Hunt to purchase an L70 loader from Construction Machinery Industrial.

The new loader, which can be used to clear roads of snow, will improve the city’s ability to provide services to SMIC, especially during the winter months. It will replace an aging 966C loader that had required extensive repairs in 2002 and 2004 before failing last winter.

“It (SMIC) is growing and we need to have the ability to serve them,” Hunt told members of the council. “This will help us do that.”

According to city officials, the current 966C loader is more than 37 years old and was unable to handle the workload created by last winter’s heavy snowfall. Estimates to repair the steering and rebuild the engine came in at more than $66,000, meaning the city would have invested almost $90,000 in repairs since 2014.

According to city data, the new loader, which is being purchased using the National Joint Powers Alliance government contract, will cost $160,600 and will include a snow bucket and forks. The new machinery is also compatible with the department’s other Volvo attachments.


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