Mount Isa City Council has awarded three six-figure contracts in its first meeting of 2021.
At its Wednesday, January 27 meeting, Council spent $657,985 on two new garbage trucks in a contract awarded to Tony Ireland Isuzu of Garbutt in Townsville.
Council said it has three trucks to do domestic refuse collection and two of them are seven years old and at the point where they need to be replaced as typically they are used as backup vehicles after seven years.
Council said the third truck will need to be replaced in the next financial year.
There was another half a million dollar contract agreed to when discussion of the Camooweal Town Hall civil and restumping works came up.
Council officers said the stump footings at the Town Hall needed to be replaced as a priority as they have become dilapidated and are structural inadequate.
Council awarded the work to Cloncurry-based Auzscot Constructions to the value of their tender submission of $546,619.
In another tender process last October Council asked for bids to design, supply and install a shed to store recycled material at the new Material Recovery Facility at the tip.
Council has now awarded the job to Cairns-based Richardson Building Services for $308,450 with approval to negotiate variations within the budget.
The shed will help Council move towards a full recycling option with the MRF expected to open by end 2021.
In an usual move aimed at greater transparency, discussion of these contracts was moved from closed to open business and there was no closed business in the first meeting of the year.
The meeting also approved a material change of use for the old warehouse at 37 Old Mica Creek to install a self-contained incinerator and cremulator unit to be used for small pets such as cats and dogs,
It would be the first facility of its kind in Mount Isa.
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