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Meeting Preview: Little Muskego Lake District Looks at 2012 Expenditures

Weed harvester purchase and lease of a new truck will be reviewed at City Hall.

The Little Muskego Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District will meet Thursday night at 7pm, and will take up the discussion of a new weed harvester and truck for the 2012 budget year.

The district'smachines that are aging, and will discuss what specs they are looking at for a new harvester. The district had four cutters, the oldest of which broke down on August 11.  The season total (measured between Memorial Day and Labor Day) of harvested weeds was more than 1,500, which was more than ever recorded, according to commissioner Tom Reck.

The annual meeting held in October passed a resolution to purchase a new cutter for no more than $175,000, and may borrow up to $115,000.

In addition, a new truck has been on the radar, and the district plans to continue to lease v. purchase.  Some objection to that move was made, however commissioners cited the fact that leasing allows more control over costs as a fixed payment instead of having to plan for repairs, which can also disable a vehicle for weeks.  The 2012 budget allows for a $16,000 yearly expense on the vehicle.

The district will meet in the first floor alderman's room in, and the public is invited.

Robert Bueckers November 03, 2011 at 09:02 PM
I think $175,000 for a new cutter is way out of line unless the cost of cutters has gone thru the roof in the last couple of years. I hope if we are going to spend that much money on a new cutter that we would get a grant from the state to help pay for it.

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