The Washington City Council gave final approval for the purchase of two new bucket trucks to replace aging equipment.
The council voted 8-0 to replace the 1997 and 1998 trucks used by the city. The two bucket trucks are considered parks department vehicles, but are actually used by the entire city.
The city is purchasing two Terex bucket trucks. One would be a 40-foot model and the other a 100-foot model. Both models are direct replacements of what the city is currently using.
Director Darren Dunkle said water, street and parks department crews all use the trucks for various projects.
He said parks department foreman Chad Owens has been shopping and comparing trucks hoping for the best deal. Originally, because of the expected high cost, he said the city was looking at used trucks.
Dunkle said through a purchasing cooperative the city is a member of, it can actually buy two brand new trucks and trade in the old vehicles.
The purchasing agreement has the cost of the two new trucks at about $530,000. Dunkle said the city had $630,000 in the budget.
There had been discussion about how the trucks would be paid for because the entire purchase will come from the parks budget and other city departments also use the trucks.
City Administrator Darren Lamb stated at the city’s Jan. 22 administration/operations committee meeting it didn’t really matter what budget the money was coming from because the city was using remaining capital improvement sales tax funds. That money is shared by every department in the city.