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Polson City Commission approves sale of surplus equipment

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POLSON – The City of Polson has a few things for sale and has a contract with a recruiting firm to find a new manager. 

The city will sell fire and street maintenance equipment it no longer uses. The street department will be getting rid of a flush truck, a street sweeper and a sander box. The city will sell a fire engine and an emergency van. All the items being sold are more than 10 years old. 

The city has already made plans to sell some of the items. The sander box is damaged, so it will be sold for scrap metal. The others will go out for bids. The city will set minimum bids. 

Finance officer Cindy Dooley said the city was in negotiations with the Chief Cliff Fire Department concerning some of the fire equipment. If the city does sell the equipment directly to Chief Cliff, it will require the commission to approve a resolution of intent. All members of the commission present voted to approve the sale. “It just makes sense,” Commissioner Jan Howlett said. 

Kyle Roberts, who was acting as city manager in the absence of interim city manager Wade Nash, said the city had signed the contract to hire the Mercer group recruiting firm. Mercer will help the city search for a permanent city manager. Roberts said Jim Mercer, an employee of the Georgia-based firm, would visit Polson in early December, and he will get to know various stakeholders in the town before starting the search for a new city manager. 

Mercer plans to meet with each commissioner, each department head from the city and the city manager search committee. A member of the committee has offered to give Mercer a tour of the town during his visit. 

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