Portland Board of Works this morning voted to purchase a new dump truck and approved an agreement between the City of Portland and Jay County Regional Sewer District.
Wastewater treatment superintendent Bob Brelsford said the plant currently only has a small dump truck and needs a bigger one to be more efficient.
He said he found a used dump truck at Moser Motors with 14,203 miles for $53,500.
“It’s really nice, it looks like it’s brand new,” he said.
Brelsford planned to trade in the small dump truck for $16,500, but board member Bill Gibson suggested keeping the small truck as well.
“It would come in handy,” Brelsford said. “Right now we borrow it from other departments.”
Gibson said keeping the small dump truck would allow the city another dump truck for all departments to use when needed.
“We’re going to have to pay taxes, insurance and put license plates on it, but still when the heck are we going to get another dump truck for $16,500,” Gibson asked.
The board approved purchasing the truck for $53,500.
It also approved an agreement between the city and Jay County Regional Sewer District to allow the sewer district to use its VAC truck on an as-needed basis.
The truck is used to clean and maintain storm and sewer drains.
“They came to us, and they have their own maintenance person but there’s times when they’ll need our backup truck,” Mayor Randy Geesaman said.
Brelsford said they don’t need to use the truck often, but it does happen.
The agreement will state City of Portland employees will drive and operate the vehicle at all times when the district is using it, and it will cost the district a minimum of $150 to use at $150 per hour.
The board approved the agreement. Jay County Regional Sewer District must also approve it before it becomes effective.