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The Telegram
  • Town of Frankfort to purchase new trucks

  • The Frankfort town board voted at a meeting Thursday to approve a $475,000 bond resolution for two new 10-wheeled dump trucks with double-wing plows and sanding equipment.



    Highway Superintendent Ron Testa said he would have to get the order in soon in order to take advantage of the state bid price.

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  • The Frankfort town board voted at a meeting Thursday to approve a $475,000 bond resolution for two new 10-wheeled dump trucks with double-wing plows and sanding equipment.
    Highway Superintendent Ron Testa said he would have to get the order in soon in order to take advantage of the state bid price, which would be $236,000 for the double-wing plow truck and $219,000 for a single-wing with all of the equipment. The board decided to purchase two double-wing plow trucks and rounded the total figure up to $475,000 for bonding purposes.
    Testa said the new vehicles would be Western Star trucks. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about them,” he said.
    A five-year bond resolution was approved for the purchase. Town Supervisor Joseph Kinney said if the bond were approved for a longer period, it would be subject to permissive referendum and that would necessitate a delay that would not allow Testa to submit his order in time.
    Testa said the town won’t receive the new trucks until at least December and possibly January.
    No decision has been made yet on what will be done with the two DPW vehicles the new ones will replace, Kinney said in a telephone interview. The trucks are 1995 and 2000 Internationals, he said. He noted that the board may decide to allow the public to bid on the trucks or, if only minimal repairs are needed, to keep them in case of an emergency.
    “The cost is significant,” Kinney said of the truck purchases, “but I promoted, supported and voted for it. The highway department, not to denigrate any of the other town departments, is our most important service to our constituents. It’s a fact of life that they need proper equipment to satisfy that effort in a productive manner.” He added that the 10-wheeled trucks would hold more sand and salt and DPW workers may have to make fewer return trips to reload, which would save on fuel and manpower.
    “It’s another required expense,” he said. “But you can see by the age - we’re replacing a 1995 and a 2000 truck - that we aren’t being frivolous. We need it.”
    Kinney told the board he hopes, if the town hall project on Third Avenue is completed for the amount currently projected, the town may be able to combine the new bond with the one for the town hall and with a $200,000 bond previously approved for a front-end loader and a light duty truck, a move that would save the town money on bonding costs.
    The board also approved Testa’s request to purchase a sweeper attachment for $4,000 and a bucket for $600 for the department’s Bobcat. Costs are not to exceed $5,000.
    The board discussed the insurance settlement for an accident involving a town truck. The truck went off the road during a snowstorm and the rear end of the vehicle was damaged. There was a bill for towing and the DPW has received a couple of estimates for the needed repair work. Councilman John Wallace said he would talk with the insurance company about the settlement.
    Page 2 of 2 - The need to replace the culvert on Avery Road was also discussed. The large metal culvert has deteriorated over the years and the town had Alan M. Swierczek, a professional engineer from Whitesboro, draw up a conceptual design.
    Kinney said the board would have to approve a design - there is a choice between replacing it with a new metal culvert or a box culvert, which would last much longer - have detailed specifications completed and put the project out to bid. The timing is important, he said, because the road will have to be closed for 30 to 60 days while the work is completed and will have to be done when school is not in session.
    “My goal is to do this without bonding,” he said, but added he will have a better idea after he reviews the town’s financial records for 2012. The issue will be on the agenda for the April 25 meeting.
    Removal of debris from the creek bed adjacent to the culvert was also discussed.
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