South Dundas Manager for Public Works, Hugh Garlough asked council to allow him the leeway to purchase a “used farm tractor for road side mowing, to an upset limit of $50,000.”
The $50,000 limit was already passed by council for this purpose in the 2011 budget, however, council would, normally, still have to approve the final purchase.
Backing Garlough’s request, Chief Administrative Officer Stephen McDonald explained to council that, “whenever a good used tractor becomes available we don’t have time to go back to council” for additional consent before purchasing it.
In addition, Garlough asked that the money be carried over to the new budget should he fail to find an adequate tractor before 2012.
When asked about the possibility of purchasing a brand new tractor, Garlough explained that it is “impossible to get a new one for that amount,” which means that the purchase will not be tendered.
As for the used tractor, he promised, “I will not go over the $50,000, but if I do it will come back to council.”