Two aging trucks used by Amherst electric and streets workers need replaced. New models will cost up to $351,000.
The first is a 1987 Altec digger truck used to dig holes and lift utility poles into place.
It’s pressed into use “whenever there’s a pole that gets hit by a car or anytime there’s a need to lift a transformer,” mayor Mark Costilow told city council’s finance committee on Monday.
Now the 29-year-old truck’s hydraulics are struggling to get heavy jobs done.
Costilow and safety-service director John Jeffreys asked for up to $205,000 for a new Altec model, which would be delivered in about nine months.
“It’s not necessarily a bare-bones unit, but there’s no frills. I believe this is a machine that’s going to do the job,” the mayor said.
The 2016 model would be bought through the Ohio cooperative purchasing program, which negotiates the lowest price available in the state.
The old truck would be auctioned or traded in for a bit of cash.
A rusted 1996 Ford F800 with 65,400 miles is also up for replacement. It is the oldest vehicle in the street department and has recently been handed off to water department workers, where it will see lighter service.
Jeffreys asked for up to $146,000 for a new 2.5-ton dump truck and plow, also through the state purchasing program, with delivery in six to eight months.
Both truck measures were sent to the floor of city council by unanimous consent.
In other business, the streets committee also forwarded authorization for up to $80,000 in tree trimming, which helps minimize blackouts during bad weather.
Amherst has trimmed back branches near power lines in the public right-of-way the past 12 years.
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Amherst safety-service director John Jeffreys pushes for the purchase of two new trucks for use by the city’s electric and streets departments.