A new generator, a rock salt contract and Internet auctions are among the pieces of legislation two committees agreed to forward to full council at meetings on Jan. 23.

A new generator, a rock salt contract and Internet auctions are among the pieces of legislation two committees agreed to forward to full council at meetings on Jan. 23.

The generator would be a backup for City Hall, because the city "does not currently possess all of the necessary equipment to provide critical service operations at all times," the ordinance states.

"This is a thing we've been working on for many years, to get us some backup power in this facility," said John Hall, director of lands and buildings. "We've never had a generator at this facility."

The ordinance says the city will purchase a Generac SD250 Diesel Generator System at a cost of $134,509. Butch Seidle, director of public service, said the generator will work on the entire building during emergencies instead of just a couple of rooms.

"City staff will be able to come here and operate as normal," he said.

Council will be asked to approve the ordinance by emergency passage on second reading at its Feb. 13 meeting, before the quoted price expires and the spring storm season, said Pam Fox, director of law and safety.

"I know this is something that the administration has made a priority for the last several years. Having backup power in the facilities so that operations could still be maintained in the event of an emergency or a power outage throughout the city is very important to help get crews out there to get the traffic signals (and) lights on," said committee chairman Albert Iosue.

The committee also forwarded to council a resolution to purchase $145,000 in rock salt from American Rock Salt Co., LLC. Seidle said the city has used some salt this winter, but the salt barn still has well over 1,500 tons of salt out of a capacity of 1,800 tons.

"We hope at the end of the season, we can actually fill it up, which is what happened last year," Seidle said.

The public safety and legal affairs committee forwarded to council two resolutions for Internet auctions, one for police cruisers, and one for impounded property.