The city of Washington’s 25-year-old fuel system could soon be upgraded.

Director of Public Services John Nilges told the council Monday night at the administration/operations committee meeting the fuel system is in need of a software and hardware upgrade.

Nilges said the city uses the system to report fuel usage to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The equipment currently being used was installed in 1993 and updated once.

According to Water/Wastewater Superintendent Kevin Quaethem the system is failing and needs to be replaced. In a letter to the council, Quaethem said the city is having difficulty submitting the information to DNR that it is required to provide.

Quaethem provided the city with two bids from area vendors. Superior Equipment Company (SECO), Maplewood, bid $6,486.48 for the work.

The other bid came from Neumayer Equipment Company, St. Louis. It bid $8,630 for the hardware and software upgrades.

The council is expected to award a contract to one of the two vendors at the first council meeting of March.

A budget amendment also will be needed.