Memories of the City of Berlin | Worcester County News Bayside Gazette
By Greg Ellison
(June 17, 2021) Berlin’s mayor and city council marked the upcoming National Pollinator Week and approved emergency generator repairs at their meeting on Monday.
National pollinator week
To officially unveil National Pollinator Week 2021, scheduled for June 21-27, Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall read a proclamation designating the municipality’s celebration of the annual celebration.
Noting that Berlin is a subsidiary of Bee City USA, Tyndall stressed the ecological importance of pollinating insects.
Pollinator species, including, but not limited to bees, play a vital role, as their natural processes are essential for the production of food.
Pollinator species also provide environmental benefits and are an important component in supporting biodiversity ecosystems in urban and suburban areas.
Tyndall’s proclamation also underscored the importance of pollinator species in supporting trees and plant life, the presence of which improves quality of life and provides opportunities for recreational economic development.
Tyndall also said Berlin could provide landscaping recommendations to residents and property developers to promote conservation practices in the hope of preserving pollinator habitats.
Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said many local businesses will participate in National Pollinator Week, with relevant information displayed in store windows.
Stormwater and Wastewater Superintendent Jamey Latchum briefed council on the costs of recent repairs to a city-owned 1,000 KW generator.
“We had a radiator that started to leak,” he said.
“We threw in antifreeze every week. “
The interim measure for large capacity equipment was consuming about one case of antifreeze per week, Latchum said.
After speaking to other city officials, Lackey found a cheaper avenue than dropping around $ 48,000 for a new heater.
“We were able to re-core it, which brought it down to $ 21,603,” he said.
Other costs incurred during the rehabilitation period included approximately $ 22,000 for the rental of a back-up generator, which is required by state mandates.
“It’s fixed, operational again,” he said.
Regardless of the lower price for repair versus replacement, the city still got warranty coverage equivalent to purchasing a new radiator.
“This saved us around $ 20,000 by recoding it,” he said.
Latchum said the total expenses were around $ 44,000 which would be covered by its departments’ FY21 budget.
Councilor Dean Burrell moved to approve emergency spending, and council unanimously agreed.