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City council discussed street repairs, replacing a 40 year old pumper truck and maintenance at the meeting


February 27, 2020

Monday evening members of the Superior City Council approved the one and six-year street improvement plan proposed by the city’s engineering firm, Olsson & Associates.

While the plans are subject to change as needs change and the weather forces adjustments, the city street deparment plans to armour coat about 20 blocks of streets and replank the Fourth Street bridge.

It was hoped the bridge could be replanked last year but weather conditions did not permit.

As a state highway construction project is expected to bring a hot-mix asphalt plant to the area this summer, the street department hopes to utilize material from that plant in several locations including the alley between Central and Commercial streets which connects Third and Fourth streets.

As a comparison of street improvement costs, it currently costs about $50,000 a block for the concrete material need and $6,000 to $7,000 for the material to armour coat a street.

Permission was granted Monday evening to purchase a used fire truck from a Texas fire department.

Members of the Superior department hope to go to Texas this weekend with a check for $35,000 and bring the truck back to Superior. It was reported the current owner has a grant for the purchase of a new pumper but needs an additional $35,000 to complete the purchase of the new truck. Superior firemen have talked with the Texas chief who reported the truck is in good repair and the pump has passed inspection and is certified.

The department currently owns two pumper trucks. The newest one is 30 years old. The older one is 40 years old. The plan will be to retire the 40 year old truck and designate the recently acquired truck as the first line pumper. T. J. Morris, Superior fire cheif said, the truck being purchased is a 2004 Pierce model.

And while discussing fire department business, the council approved replacing the carpet in the Public Safety Building at a price not to exceed $2,000. The purchase price will be evenly divided between the ambulance and fire departments and paid for by those departments. Members of the fire department will install the carpet tiles. John Carbaugh reported on the carpet plan.

Dates were set for the annual City-Wide Clean-up but members of the council indicated because of the cost and the nature of the materials being received, this will probably be the last year for the program.

It was reported nearly all of the materials being collected during last year’s clean-up could have been hauled away by private enterprises now serving the community.

Dumpsters will be available in a city materials yard on South Central Street April 22 through May 16. Open hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and 9 to noon on Saturdays. Unlike last year, there will not be a free day this year.

An application from Dallas Doupnik to join the Superior Volunteer Fire Department was approved. He is transferring from the Harvard Fire Department.

After 34-years of service, Gloria Nobles was removed from the Superior Emergency Technican Roster.

Street closure plans for the Vestey Festival were approved. Like last year Central and Commercial Streets will be closed from Third to Fifth and Fourth Street from Central to the alley east of the Superior Post Office. The parade will form at the Superior High School and proceed east to Central, south to Fourth and then loop back to the school.


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