Grand Marais authorizes purchase of new street sweeper

Lenny Bloomquist of the Grand Marais street department attended the March 28 meeting to present bids that were submitted for the purchase of a “new” used street sweeper to replace the city’s deceased unit. That vehicle, which was purchased refurbished in 1990, was used for only a few hours last month to start the season before it died.
Fortunately, the city had planned on replacing it soon anyway, and budgeted $60,000. Upon reviewing quotes received from multiple vendors for used and refurbished sweepers, council approved the recommendation to purchase a 2001 Pelican from ABM Equipment & Highway Manufacturing of Hopkins at a cost of $43,000. According to information provided by the company, the vehicle is “reconditioned and repainted and ready to go.” It has 31,000 miles and about 6,600 hours on it.
Quotes on other street sweepers submitted for consideration ranged from $29,000 to $85,000. However, City Administrator Mike Roth said in a memo that the 2001 Pelican “has the combination of age, price and features that best meet our needs.”