Transmission on grader going out, will need repair

Work finished on Stanley Community Center at Chapman

Machinery can be nice in that it gets the job done with less human muscle invested.

The catch is that machines need repair, as public works head John Hoel filled in the Council in his latest bimonthly report, dated for April 28.

“We recently used the grader and found out that the transmission was slipping,” Hoel wrote the Council in the report.

“We took the grader to Road Runner Repair in Cadott to have them investigate what the problem was.”

Then determining that the clutch path in the transmission was going out, Hoel said the recommendation was for a remanufactured tranny, the best option for time, and other needs.

“They suggested putting in a remanufactured transmission,” Hoel wrote. “A new one would be considerably more expensive and rebuilding the current transmission would take a very long time just to get the parts to build it. They said they can get the remanufactured transmission and replace the old one in about two weeks.

Among the considerations raised by Hoel in making the recommendation was the activity now happening on 345th Avenue and need to get keep the road passable, along with needing the machine for next winter. That said, there was good news.

“The mechanic from Road Runner commented that our grader is in good shape and with the transmission replaced should last for several years,” Hoel said.

Following a motion by Rick Hodowanic seconded byJa- cob Huu, the remanufactured clutch pack, was approved for $32,000.

In the meantime, Hoel also reported that work was finished on the Community Center at Chapman Park.

“All the work on the community Center has been completed,” Hoel wrote the Council. “The openings have been lowered, the new doors installed, countertops reinstalled and touchups completed. Along with the acoustical panels installed the building is ready for rental and public use.” At the same time there was asphalt to consider.

“Originally with the Community Center project the parking lot was to be line striped,” Hoel wrote. “However, after talking with Mayor Haas and other council members it was determined to look at refinish ing that lot prior to lot strip- ing. We received four diuerent quotes for this process including seal coating, microsurfacing and chip sealing.” Then recommending the micro-surfacing process of Struck and Irwin Paving company, Hoel said the company’s process was best for the job in question.

“The product they use would hold up the best and also help to level out any low areas in the parking lot,” he wrote of the Chapman Park facility. “This company will seal all the cracks prior to installing the micro-surface. There are also two spots in the parking lot that we will patch prior to this work taking place.”

Later explaining at the Council meeting that the point in question entailed all that space pertaining to the parking lot but not Elk Road above it, Hoel said the process was expected to extend the longevity of the blacktop in the parking lot area from seven to ten years.

With a motion by Kevin Hendrickson seconded by Laurie Foster to accept the quote of $24,789, the parking lot at the Community Center, will have its usefulness extended.

May 4, 2022