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2018-07-12 / Local News

Town to buy new garbage trucks


After nearly two years of borrowing garbage trucks, the West Seneca Town Board approved the purchase of two new trucks.

Approval was given during the board’s July 2 meeting for the purchase of two 2020 Freightliner 108SD chassis with Loadmaster rear load refuse packer bodies for $357,426.

The trucks will be purchased through an equipment buy, according to Highway Superintendent Matthew English.

“The garbage trucks, as everyone knows, take a beating. They’re out every day -- blizzards, snow storms,” he said. “We’ve gotten to the point this year where we had to borrow trucks from Tonawanda to complete our garbage pickup.”

Concern was expressed by Councilman Eugene Hart regarding a funding issue for the trucks.

Finance Director Megan Wnek said the Highway Department has $595,000 in its equipment reserve and should maintain that amount for a healthy fund balance.

“We’re going forward with going out for bonding at the end of July or beginning of August,” said Supervisor Sheila Meegan, adding that the opportunity for a low-interest loan is appealing.

She said the town won’t have the vehicles until April or May of next year.

Also in the meeting, Meegan announced that the town has received a state Dormitory Authority grant in the amount of $250,000 for reimbursement of its October 2017 purchase of a sewer jetter truck.

A budget amendment was approved during Monday’s meeting.

The cash received through the grant will be added to the Sanitary Sewer Fund as state aid.

Meegan said the truck, with a Kenworth chassis, was purchased for $252,117 and has been ordered and received by the town.

Hart clarified that the remaining $2,117 is available in the budget to fully fund this purchase.

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