FRUITLAND - When it comes to keeping up a big piece of equipment, accounting for the little parts that keep it running is on the minds of the staff in the City of Fruitland’s Public Works Department. When a quote to upgrade the city’s spray rig turned out to be missing parts, Director Jerry Campbell brought up the need for those parts at the Jan. 27 City Council meeting.
Campbell, in requesting an expenditure approval for the needed parts, explained to the council that in working with G&R Agriculture to order parts and schedule work, it was discovered that some parts were missing from the original quote. The additional parts would run the city an additional $2,000 more than the original project budget.
“When our employee contacted the service manager at G&R to schedule the work, the service manager noticed it while he was starting to order the parts in, Campbell wrote in an email to the newspaper on Jan. 31. “So he notified us to let us know that the previous person that prepared our quote last year forgot to include some of the parts.”
To summarize, Campbell said this was the result of human error by the person that gave the city its initial quote for the work.
Councilor Stuart Grimes moved to approve the additional $2,000, with Councilor Kari Peterson seconding. The motion carried unanimously.
The total cost of the project is $14,200, according to Campbell.