Public works gets a new Cat
The Northeast Town opened the two tenders it received for the bid of a 2021 backhoe on February 3.
The two tenders were received from: Brandt Tractor for a 2021 John Deere backhoe, $179.020.25 including HST; and Toromont Cat for a 2021 Caterpillar backhoe, $176,686.14, including HST. Staff recommended council approve the Toromont Cat bid, which they did. The motion was carried.
Councillor Barb Baker asked if the HST was redeemable on the purchase. CAO Dave Williamson explained that the majority of the HST would be redeemed.
Councillor Laurie Cook asked how much was budgeted for the new backhoe. Mr. Williamson replied that $170,000 is in the 2021 budget for this purchase and that, once the HST is redeemed, the purchase will be back within budget.
Council reviewed its cheque register from December 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021 in the amount the $1,109,305.85.
From December to January, $168,069.17 water and sewer payments had been made with $173,446.68 received in payments for taxes during the same period.
Treasurer Sheryl Wilkin noted that there were 29 water accounts overdue (owing amounts of over $400) as of the last billing.