By Beth Christian Broschart
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – Parsons City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to return a piece of equipment they purchased after many repairs and more needed replacement of parts. Parsons City Treasurer/Administrator Jason Myers said the equipment, purchased for $12,000 has had many repairs including new alternators and new hydraulic lines. He said after the city received the equipment, it quit turning left or right after about 15 minutes.
“I included an email from Tom Conner about the Bobcat,” Myers said. “He gave us two options – one was for the City to pay for a remanufactured pump costing $2,700 plus $150 to $200 on freight. State equipment will provide the labor to install the pump.”
Myers said the second option was that State Equipment would refund the total cost of the machine ($12,000) and State Equipment would retain ownership of the machine.
A report from the Parsons Police Department for March said the department issued five citations, four warnings and two parking tickets. They were involved in three misdemeanor cases and one accident. The police department had 76.5 patrol hours, 49 office hours, three courtroom hours and 23 hours of investigation. They also logged 51.5 hours on a special event.
Parsons City Council also announced they will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at City Hall. The meeting is because the City of Parsons is considering submitting an application to the State of West Virginia Small Cities Block Grant Program for funds to finance a portion of the Water Emergency Connection Project.
They said the Small Cities Block Grant portion is expected not to exceed $1.5 million.
The next Parsons City Council regular meeting is slated for 6 p.m. April 19. in council chambers of the Charles W. “Bill” Rosenau Municipal Building in Parsons.