Town to handle Glenshire snow removal next winter
August 6, 2006
The Town of Truckee will plow Glenshire’s roads this winter.
The Truckee Town Council rejected a private bid for snow removal in Glenshire and decided to keep the job in-house at Thursday’s meeting.
While Glenshire has had snow removal service from private contractors in the past, the Truckee Town Council elected to have town crews plow the roads for the 2006-07 winter, as was the case last year. This involved rejection of the sole bid from R-1 Snow Removal, the creation of three additional full time snow removal staff positions, and the deletion of six temporary positions.
“It will be slightly less expensive to do it in-house,” Public Works Director Dan Wilkins said. “During a heavy snow winter the cost would be more consistent with private contractors, but during a light snow winter in house we will be able to do more non-snow works.”
While a private contractor would be paid only to perform snow removal, town snow removal staff would be able to perform other tasks, like repairing signs, hauling snow and crack sealing, Wilkins said.
Areas that will continue to use contractors for snow removal include Prosser Lake View, Prosser Heights, Alder Drive and the downtown parking lots, Wilkins said.
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Residents raised concern over the town’s lack of snow removal during an April 15 storm, Wilkins said.
“With the new permanent positions we will have better coverage of snow removal during the shoulder seasons,” he said.
One issue raised in the discussion was whether asking for bids only to keep work “in house” would negatively affect the town’s relationships with private contractors.
“I’ve specifically spoken with the contractor who submitted the bid and that is not the case,” Wilkins said.
Pat Davison, executive director of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, asked for discussion on the town’s policy on accepting or rejecting private bids.
“There were two things going on, the actual item, and the bigger policy question,” Davison said after the meeting.
The policy question was if the town has, or needs, a specific criteria for accepting or rejecting bids, she said.
“We weren’t there to say ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ about the snow removal, we were there to address questions to be asked,” Davison said.
The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe does not represent any snow removal contractors, and were only interested in setting precedent in how contract bids are handled, she said.
In preparation for the 2006/2007 winter, Town Council approved the following purchases:
– Two loader mount rotary snow blowers at $201,899.93 each ($403,799.86 total)
– Two John Deere 644J replacement loaders at $208,751.07 each ($417,502.14 total)
– One 624J loader with plow for the Glenshire snow removal route at $161,794.17