The Minden Public Schools approved a motion to purchase a new John Deere mower at their meeting on Monday, February 13.
The new mower is a 1435 Series II Commercial Front Mower and will cost the district $15,868.15. They will also pay an additional $5,771.77 for an MCS 600 Hydraulic High-Dump Material Collection System, and $3,793,54 for a 72-inch 7-Iron II Commercial Side Discharge Mower Deck.
The total cost for the new equipment will be $25,433.82.
According to Superintendent Melissa Wheelock, “This is not on the lower end and its not on the higher end.” She also said this machine was recommended because the slopes near C.L. Jones require a mower with 4-wheel drive.
The city owns an earlier model of the same mower and has been pleased with the performance. The school will also have one year of coverage for any needed repairs.
During the time for public comment, Ron Keen spoke in defense of Mower Medic, saying many of the repairs the school has been paying for are a result of botched repairs attempted at the bus barn.
He said many of the times the school’s mowers are brought in, they are customer-diagnosed, so the shop fixes what they are told to fix, while the cause of the problem might be an underlying fault.
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