Earthwork underway for city’s new garage
By John Faucher
The New London City Council approved an earlier than expected purchase of a snow plow following a special Board of Public Works meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The board met prior to the common council meeting.
Public Works Director Jeff Bodoh informed the board that the scheduled replacement for the 2000 International 2554 dump/plow truck had been an item on the 2016-17 bond list. Bodoh explained that a sales rep approached city mechanic Rick Hottenstine and street department Supervisor Don Goodreau with a favorable offer that could save the city money.
Bodoh informed the board that they had budgeted $146,000 for a new plow/truck next year.
Lakeside International Trucks was offering a 2015 International Model 7400 SFA model with the 2015 Casper Truck snow removal package for $148,012 as a special year end demo package.
Bodoh said they also offered a $19,000 trade in allowance for the city’s 2000 International.
“This is at least $7,000 more than what we expected for the trade-in value on the old truck,” said Bodoh. “We would lose value on our trade-in if we waited until next year.”
Bodoh also informed the board that the dealership was willing to delay billing the city for the truck until May 20, 2016.
Alderman Tom O’Connell asked if the city would purchase an extended warranty on the truck.
Bodoh said both the city’s mechanic and the dealership recommended purchasing an 84 month warranty on the engine and electronics including injectors, turbo charger and water pump for $4,500. He also recommended an 84 month emission after treatment warranty which covers the diesel oxidation catalyst, diesel particulate filter, emission sensors and the doser for $1,200. Bodoh said they intended to purchase both warranties with the truck.
Alderwoman Lori Dean made a motion to approve the purchase of the snow plow in the amount of $129,012. The motion carried unanimously.
Bodoh reported that MCC Construction began the earthwork for the future city garage site on Oct. 7.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, Immel Construction began installing the water service line and sewer lines.
Crews also began placing some of the site storm sewer and retention pond outfalls. Site work and reconfiguration of the old sledding hill and future ice skating pond also began last week.
The newly configured sledding hill will slope more to the north, away from the future building.
Keller Structures will begin construction of the building in late spring of next year.