Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges went before the Sunnyside City Council Monday night asking for approval to purchase a new mainline sewer television system.
Council approved the allocation of $124,900 for the purchase of the new Aries system from Enviro Clean Equipment.
"It is state of the art," said Bridges of the system.
The reason for the purchase, noted Bridges, is because the city is in the process of replacing its 1975 van, which carries the camera equipment that allows the public works department to explore the sewer lines. The van and the sewer television system sort of work hand-in-hand, said Bridges.
"The camera can't drive itself," he added.
The city received three bids in all for the new monitoring system. One of the bids was for $175,239 while the other was for $109,917 from Solid Waste Equipment Company.
Bridges recommended the higher bid because of the extras that come along with the items. The Aries camera will allow the public works department to have more flexibility in exploring the different pipe sizes in the city's sewer system. Bridges also detailed how the Aries carriage system is more reliable and less complicated to operate. He also said the Aries system has superior computer software. Bridges said his choice for purchasing the Aries system boiled down to the fact that Enviro Clean Equipment offers a better overall product.
Mayor Pro-tem Mike Farmer asked what was going to happen to the 1975 van and the camera equipment the city already owns.
"We are going to salvage it," said Bridges. "If you were to separate the two pieces of equipment, I don't think you would get $100 apiece for them."
The original amount budgeted for this project was $101,200.