Lincoln Township trustees approve new maintenance truck purchase

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township trustees agreed Tuesday night to buy a new sewer maintenance truck for $43,500.

Last month, the board authorized bid solicitation for a new one-ton four-wheel drive maintenance truck. What trustees got back were two options from Siemans Ford in Bridgman.

One was for a 2015 model that has a 600 series compartment configuration, which costs about $39,900. The other bid was for a 2016 model, quoted with a 700 series utility box with a flip-top tool box on both sides. Trustees chose the newer model for $43,500.

Those prices did not include the overhead cab lights that municipal work vehicles need.

The township had budgeted $55,000 for the truck.

Supervisor Dick Stauffer said the township’s Public Works office had made the recommendation for the 2016 model. When asked why the township should buy the more expensive vehicle, Trustee Kevin Gillette said the newer model would allow workers to fit more equipment garnered toward sewer work in the flip-top tool box.

Another aspect considered by the board was the time line of when the township would receive either truck.

The 2015 truck was readily available, but the 2016 model will have to be ordered by Siemans Ford. Delivery would take about three to four months once the order goes through.

Because one of the added features of the new truck would be a snow plow, Trustee Marc Florian asked if workers could make it through the winter with the vehicle they already use. Stauffer said sewer maintenance workers had taken that into consideration and were still in favor of the newer model.

Gillette said workers have been using a Chevy Impala and have been forced to haul buckets of sewer equipment in the trunk and back seat of the vehicle.

Siemans was the only dealership that responded with a bid. Gillette said requests were sent to four dealerships.

“I’m guessing they didn’t respond because with heavy specialized municipal trucks, not a lot of dealerships are equipped to provide one,” Gillette said. “Siemans can allocate so many trucks in this category a year. I don’t know what that number is, so some of the dealerships we solicited may not have had any sold in the last couple of years and would have a more difficult time allocating some.”

Other agenda items

Stauffer announced a public hearing will be at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Road Commission Office at 2860 E. Napier Ave. The hearing will provide facts and additional information concerning the closure of Defay Road at the railroad crossing.

The board reappointed Chad Deja to the Zoning Board of Appeals to a three-year term that will expire in December 2018.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Sept. 8 at Lincoln Township Hall.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 11, 2015)

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