by Jonathan Weaver
Manor Township road workers will have a new piece of apparatus for the 2017-18 winter season.
After the recommendation of supervisor/road foreman Robert Southworth, the trio of supervisors agreed to finance for a 2017 International.
Southworth explained the truck would be purchased through Hunter Truck Sales – which has locations in Butler and in the Pittsburgh area – but will be taken to Walsh Equipment in Prospect (Butler County) for stainless steel work.
“We buy the truck from a dealer (Hunters Truck Sales) and then (Walsh Equipment) picks it up and takes it to the bed place,” Southworth said. “(Walsh Equipment) will take care of us.”
After an increased-initial payment due to the five year financing agreement with FNB Commercial Leasing, supervisors will pay roughly $27,000 per year for the snow equipment to cover interest and the total $128,600 apparatus.
Supervisors have not yet determined the funding source for the new truck – whether funds come via capital reserves, liquid fuels or possibly Act 13 Marcellus Shale impact fee dollars.
Prices were made through the state cooperative purchasing program, COSTARS.
Purchasing new equipment was the top priority on Southworth’s five-year plan.
“We’re not adding – we’re replacing,” Southworth said.
He explained the current 2006 General Motors truck is rusting, contains hard-to-replace parts and has an internal combustion engine.
Southworth initially proposed purchasing two new trucks, but supervisors decided the overall expense, which would have exceeded $250,000, was too much at the present time and might impact future tax rates or investments.
“I just don’t know if we can afford two right now,” Supervisor Chair Paul Rearick said.
The current 2006 truck would eventually be advertised for sale, with the proceeds – expected to be at least $10,000 – going toward the
The 2017 International – which Southworth hopes will be put to use for as long as 25 years – is expected to be delivered by June.
Supervisors are also still paying off a tractor.