The lake department for the city of Litchfield received some much needed equipment due to the generosity of two local trusts during the Litchfield city council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Lake Superintendent Eric Lamb was able to purchase a Bobcat Compact Track Loader and a SGX60 stump grinder from Bobcat of St. Louis thanks to a $60,000 grant from the James and Owen Duff Memorial Trust. The lake department had been borrowing a similar piece of equipment from the street department, who will also benefit from the new track loader.
In addition to the equipment, the lake area also received upgraded doors and hardware for the comfort stations at Lake Lou Yaeger. Ten special order commercial steel doors, with steel welded frames, welded hinges, handles, locks, thresholds, sweeps and closers will be purchased for $10,594 with money from a W. Darrell Kilton Foundation grant.
The purchases were two of eight motions to be approved during the meeting, which consisted of a nine-minute open session, followed by a meeting in closed session.
Other motions to pass included approval of the minutes from the Oct. 3 meeting, approval of a three-year contract with ARC Pyrotechnics, Inc. for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Lake Lou Yaeger not to exceed $15,000 per year, approval of an advertising contract with Terrain Magazine not to exceed $2,100 and approval of the purchase of Christmas light bulbs from Street Decor not to exceed $3,120.
The council also agreed to declare a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup as surplus and approve of its disposal by auction or salvage by Aumann Auctions and authorized the water department to purchase an electric pallet jack from Global Industries for an amount not to exceed $4,199.
The board will meet next on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall.