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New plow truck will cost $120K
MEXICO -- The total cost for the town's new plow truck will be around $120,000.
At the selectmen's meeting on July 26, the board approved approved spending $50,000 to $55,000 with H.P. Fairfield, which includes $21,000 for an airflow, side tip, multi-purpose truck body as well as to get the plow truck rigged by H.P. Fairfield. It was noted that this kind of truck body will provide more of a payload, which will produce a savings in trip costs.
Earlier, the board approved a bid of $73,000 for the truck chassis. Town Manager John Madigan said the total cost for the truck, which will be ready for the next winter season, to be about $120,000. It will replaced their 1987 truck.
Money for the plow truck would be take from the capital reserve equipment account, which has $117,505 in it. Another $50,000 was added from the recently adopted municipal budget.
Madigan said that in 2006, the town purchased a 2007 vehicle, with the cab and chassis costing $54,000.
As for the old truck, it was acknowledged that they likely won't get much for it in trade, so they will consider selling it outright.
In other business, Madigan said the town spent 95 percent of the budget, leaving $183,047. Madigan said much of that money will be placed in surplus to replace the $125,000 used from surplus earlier to hold down the mil rate.
He said that while the accounts for oil were overdrawn, none of the department went over their budget. All department recordd a balance.
In a related matter, the board okayed a recommenation to close the town office for a half day on June 30, 2012 to do the year-end reports. Madigan said, "You really have to concentrate and it's difficult doing this while dealing with the public."
He added that neighboring towns of Rumford and Dixfield close their town offices for the day while doing their year-end reports.
Selectmen accepted the low bid of C.H. Stevenson as the contractor for the Osgood Avenue reconstruction. Their bid of $457,777 was better than $200,000 lower than that of the other bidder.
Madigan said changes to the project will be hammered out at a pre-signing meeting. They are familiar with C.H. Stevenson, which has done other project for the town, including the new boat ramp.
Madigan said the town's new police cruiser has been ordered. The cost for the Dodge Charger from Bessey Motor Sales of Paris was $24,298, less trade-in of the old Crown Victoria cruiser at $2,500, for a total of $21,798.
He noted the contractor hired to paint the library has completed the project. The fire truck provided to Mexico from Byron as part of the 10-year fire contract agreement between the two towns now has the Mexico logos with the equipment installed.
Joe Roach, the recently appointed Mexico town manager intern, received high praise from the board and the town manager for the job he is doing.
Concern was expressed about water pooling on the tar roof of the town garage. Selectmen said it needs to be checked and repaired.
Mabel Merrill of the Mexico Recreation Committee said they made $1,360 from the recent Forest Rally stage held in the Mexico Recreation Park, and received another $700 from the donation bucket. Meanwhile, the event involved $1,200 in expenses.
The board set the date for the town's annual Night of Appreciation for Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Mexico Recreation Center. The event honors the town's workers and volunteers.
The next selectmen's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23.