Council approves $7,000 in repairs to Bobcat

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Issue raises questions about service schedule of town’s vehicles

KENSINGTON — A lapse in service to a piece of the Town of Kensington’s equipment is going to cost the town a pretty penny.

Kensington town councillors Jeff Spencer (left), Mack MacLean and Rowan Caseley.

Coun. Jeff Spencer, chair of the town’s public works committee, said at Monday’s monthly council meeting that the town’s Bobcat has fallen into disrepair because a regular maintenance schedule had not been followed.

That prompted discussion between councillors on why a maintenance schedule wasn’t posted and followed for that particular piece of equipment.

“If we had a checklist done for serving of vehicles we would have caught this issue,” said Coun. Mack MacLean, adding that was something discussed within council “several years ago” in relation to the town’s cars.

Spencer said that there is now a maintenance schedule for each piece of the town’s equipment, something reiterated by town manager Geoff Baker.

Baker said regular oil changes had not been done to the Bobcat, which has resulted in the need for the repairs.

Mayor Gordon Coffin, in speaking with the public works supervisor, said he was told that the employee responsible had been asked to take care of the issue but failed to do so.

Baker said moving forward the public works department now must submit the checklist to the town office on a regular basis.

Spencer moved a motion that council find, in its current budget, the $7,000 plus applicable taxes to cover the cost of repairs.

“We have to get it done right away,” added Coffin, who noted that particular piece of equipment is used heavily in the winter.

“I think we have enough left to do that, but not much more,” said the town’s finance chairman, Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley.

 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

 

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  • Kensington Resident
    December 11, 2013 - 15:56

    It is quoted from a councillor that they thought of a checklist a few years ago and this issue would not have happened if they had a checklist. Why is it council that is even thinking of this? Where are the managers and supervisors? Looks to me like the supervisor is trying to make the employee the scapegoat when it is his shop and ultimately his responsibility. Just a coincidence that this is coming out as they have their employees locked out I suppose. Hope the public works manager is taught how to manage.

  • don
    December 10, 2013 - 16:28

    who is going to use the bobcat? your staff is on strike lol. and we may have a mayor storm for Sunday. i hope and pray that the union workers stay out if they can all winter. and see how the people likes the council. i bet right now they are not happy.