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New lawn mower needed for Liberty Lake’s new park spaces

The City of Liberty Lake may purchase a new lawn mower to accommodate its open park spaces this summer.

Community Development Director Doug Smith told the council at its meeting Tuesday the department recommends purchasing a Toro from Western Equipment in Spokane for $50,364.

That figure wasn’t the lowest bid – the second-lowest came from TurfCare for a Jacobson mower for $49,901. Smith said the piece of equipment is serviced in Billings. The equipment would have to be shipped there for its warranty work or the city would have to wait days for a service technician to come to Liberty Lake.

The lowest bid was a John Deere from Cascade Turf for $45,995, but parts aren’t as available as the Toro.

Smith said the city’s mechanic was well-versed in all three models, but he is most comfortable with the Toro.

Councilman Ryan Romney asked why the city was looking for a new mower if the city was able to mow all of its lawns last year.

Smith said the city now has an extra 15 acres of park space now that Rocky Hill Park has opened. The new mower would cut a 10-foot-wide swath of grass, while the old equipment can only do 4 feet.

The council will make a decision about the mower during its next meeting, March 15.

Mayor Wendy Van Orman also asked the council to schedule a standing meeting with local business owners.

Members of the business community will receive invitations to meet on the fourth Friday of every month.

Councilman Josh Beckett asked if it would be a better idea to invite the businesses to attend the council meetings, since in his experience, not many people came to the special meetings.

Council members will rotate who attends to avoid having to call a special meeting.