NEW FRANKLIN City Council passed an emergency resolution to enter into an agreement with Vermeer All Roads for the purchase of a new Bermeer BC1500 brush chipper for the Service Department at its May 6 meeting.

Mayor Paul Adamson said the chipper was in the budget for this year but due to COVID-19, the city decided to hold off. However, the 22-year-old chipper did not make it through the year and was deemed unrepairable. The purchase of a new one is through a state bid program.

“I know it wasn’t comfortable for anyone to spend $51,000 today,” Adamson said. “It wasn’t comfortable for me to suggest that to you. I can tell you that we gave it a shot to try to make it work but we couldn’t.”

He said city officials are doing everything they can to cut costs and chase money.

“We have some creative ideas and I will keep you posted,” Adamson said.

The meeting was held through Zoom to continue to follow social distancing guidelines. It was live streamed on the city’s Facebook page and can now be seen on the page.

Other news:

• Finance Director Susan Cooke reported the Finance Department is working about 99 percent remotely. She said she had to give everyone credit that It has been a lot of teamwork. They are working on the financial report and beginning in June, the audit team will come in.

• Adamson said in compliance with the governor’s orders all spring sport leagues have been canceled. He said that crowds of 10 or less are permitted to be on the ball fields.

• With an abundance of work, the Service Department will be hiring one seasonal employee.

• The community is distributing a variety of food boxes to residents 65 and older.

• Adamson thanked Jim Cotts for being instrumental in organizing the blood drive. They collected 31 pints of blood and are hoping to hold another one.

• Businesses are encouraged to let the city know once they reopen so it can be placed on the city website. For business owners who may not be in a position to reopen are also encouraged to reach out the city for assistance.