No New Truck In Defiance

In Defi­ance, the pur­chase of a dump truck may now be put off for at least a year.

The Cres­cent News reports that an ordi­nance allow­ing the pur­chase of a 2015 tan­dem axle cab and truck chas­sis, dump bed and assem­bly ser­vices was let lie at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing after at least one coun­cil mem­ber ques­tioned the expense.

Minus a trade-in allowance for a 1998 GMC dump truck, the total cost of the new truck would be $105,089.

The ques­tion arose when one coun­cil mem­ber showed that the main­te­nance expense for the exist­ing 1998 vehi­cle was $1,877 for 2013 and 2014. He also said the truck isn’t used that often, mainly just for snow removal in the win­ter and haul­ing stone when water mains are repaired.

It now appears that the city might just be able to get by with what it has for the next year or two, and save a lot of money in doing so.

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