Meeting Date:           January 22, 2007


From:                          Mike Thornton, Purchasing Manager


Subject:                      Purchase Stump Cutter from Vermeer Southeast Sales for the Fleet Management Division



Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval to purchase a Stump Cutter from Vermeer Southeast Sales for the Fleet Maintenance Division for $26,947.95.



The City Commission previously authorized City Staff to apply for a 2006 Urban & Community Forestry grant for the purchase of a commercial grade stump cutter.  The City was awarded the grant and is ready to  purchase the stump cutter.  This piece of equipment will belong to the Fleet Maintenance Division and assigned to Parks & Recreation for daily use.


The stump cutter will be used by City crews to remove approximately seven hundred tree stumps as a result of trees destroyed during hurricanes Frances and Jean in September 2004.  These tree stumps are in street rights-of-way and on City properties.  The Electric Department and Parks Department have been aggressively trimming trees and removing sick and potentially hazardous trees in public areas and rights-of-way to avoid downed power lines during wind driven events.  The remaining stumps are unsightly, make it difficult to plant new trees, and can be a safety hazard.  The stump cutter will be used to remove many stumps from trees previously removed due to storm damage  as well as stumps created due to storms and general maintenance in the future.


This purchase is being made through the State of Florida contract #212-515-630-M with Vermeer Southeast Sales.



1.  Approve the purchase from Vermeer Southeast Sales for $26,947.95; or 

2.  Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate


Fiscal Impact

The City is required to make the purchase first.  The State will reimburse the City for 50% of the purchase price.  The Parks & Recreation and Electric Departments have budgeted funds for this purchase. 


Submission Date and Time:    1/18/2007 10:06 AM____



Prepared by:  _MIKE THORNTON___                     

Attachments:         Yes__X_   No ______

Advertised:   ____Not Required __X___                      

Dates:   __________________________                     

Attorney Review :       Yes___  No __X_



Revised 6/10/04


Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________


Finance  Dept. __________________                                     


Deputy C.M. ___________________                                                                         

Submitted by:

City Manager ________RS___________


Account No. _001-5110-519.64-12__


Project No. __STUMPS_________


WF No. ______________________


Budget  _____$_15,250___________


Available ____$191,971__________