Greenville purchases Gator via grant

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:46 am on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The city of Greenville has purchased a John Deere Gator similar to this one for maintenance on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. It will be paid for mostly through a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation. — Courtesy photo


GREENVILLE — After receiving a grant in June for a utility vehicle to help maintain the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, the Greenville City Council approved the purchase of a John Deere Gator last week.

The council approved to purchase a Gator from Nelson’s Speed Shop just north of Greenville in an amount not exceed $7,276 during the Aug. 20 council meeting.

According to City Manager George Bosanic, the purchase will help with the ability to maintain the trail.

“(The Gator) will give us the ability to efficiently get up and down the trail to take care of maintenance issues,” Bosanic said.

The cost for the heavy duty 4 x 2 unit with power assisted lift Gator is being funded mostly through a grant the council approved in during its June 4 meeting. The grant is from the Greenville Area Community Foundation to the Department of Public Services in the amount of $6,000 for the purchase of the vehicle to be used strictly for maintenance on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail.

Each year, the city applies for grants from the community foundation for maintenance of the trail.

“I would just like to point out how blessed we really are, not just for the trail, but for the maintenance from the foundation,” said Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit said.

Greenville Department of Public Services Director Mike Chesher said the cost for the Gator is more than the grant as the gran request did not include additional features that were included in the bid specifications.

It will include an electric dump box and a larger motor — these were omitted from in the grant request.

The additional $1,276 will be covered by the motor pool fund as there is $7,500 budgeted for new equipment such as chain saws.

The other bidder was from 4 Seasons Yard & Sport for $7,445.

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