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Boyceville approves buying plow truck for $142,000

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BOYCEVILLE — With any luck at all, by the time the snow flies next winter, Boyceville will have a new plow truck.

The Boyceville Village Board approved buying the new plow/dump truck at Monday night’s meeting that will have a Mack chassis at a cost of $76,751 and equipment from Indianhead Truck Equipment at a cost of $64,985.

The equipment will include a roto chain for $2,200. A total of $150,000 has been budgeted for the purchase of the truck, said Don Rose, director of public works.

The purchase price for the Mack chassis includes $8,000 as a trade-in for the village’s existing truck, he said.

The tire chains would not be needed very often, although if they are needed, it’s handy to have them available, Rose said, noting that in the time he has worked for the village, he has had to have the plow truck pulled out of the snow twice.

Rose obtained bids from Peterbilt, Mack, International and Kenworth. Although the low bid was from International at a cost of $75,000, which was $1,751 less than the Mack bid, Rose said he spoke with two county shop foremen who said the International trucks were not very reliable and that they’d had difficulty keeping them out on the road this winter. Rose also had talked to others with International trucks in service, and the majority of them said, “stay away from International,” he said.

According to the bid sheet Rose presented to the village board, Peterbilt offered $10,000 for a trade-in on the existing truck, rather than the $8,000 offered by Mack, but even with the higher trade-in, the Peterbilt truck was about $500 more than the Mack truck. International had offered a $4,500 trade-in, and Kenworth did not offer any trade-in. The village’s existing truck is a 1992 in service for 22 years, Rose noted.

Herb Dow, village trustee, said it seemed to him that a Mack truck was “over kill” for the job that it would be doing. The specifications for the new truck are similar to the 1992, Rose said. Mack has a build date for the truck in August, and by the time Indianhead Truck Equipment outfits the truck, it is expected to have a delivery date of November 1, Rose said.

Five percent of the cost of the truck will come from the water utility budget, and five percent will come from the sewer budget. Jo Palmer, village trustee, wondered how long the village would be able to retain the existing truck before it had to be turned in for the trade. Rose said he would keep the current truck at least until after the new truck is delivered or maybe even until the first of the year.

Other business

In other business, the Boyceville Village Board:

• Denied an application for a building permit from SureSite as an agent for AT&T to add antennas to the pole mount at 808A Nordveien Drive. Dow said the antennas were a $65,000 project but that the village had not yet received a set of plans. Village board members agreed that they wanted to see a set of site plans before approving the building permit.

• Learned from Rose that the last frozen water service was thawed out on April 21.

• Learned that the Boyceville Police Department had handled 85 incidents in April, including two burglaries believed to have been perpetrated by the same individual which had not yet been solved and fraud involving a money order by a village resident to act as a “secret shopper.”

• Approved applying for several improvements to the six-year airport improvement plan, including evaluating the runway surface, painting lines on the taxiway, conducting a feasibility study about the possibility of adding a pilot rest stop by the fueling station and an impact study about installing a back taxiway. The petition to amend the six-year airport improvement plan requires a public hearing.

• Approved bartender operator’s licenses for Nicole Lemon, Rebecka Yaeger and Twyla Wirth for the period ending June 30.

• Denied a bartender operator’s license for Brandon Shillinger, who has received two Operating While Intoxicated citations in the last five years.

• Approved a Class “B” license for the Boyceville Fire Fighters Association to sell fermented malt beverages at Thunder in the Pines May 31 and June 1.

• Approved a Class “B” license to sell fermented malt beverages for the Fatboy’s Softball Association at a ball tournament at Pafko Park July 25 through July 27.

• Approved a cover letter from the village for Hydro Designs to include with the information about cross connection inspections.

• Approved a contract with Hydro Designs to complete the cross connection inspections.

• Approved allowing a tax exempt property, such as a fire station, to be built in the village’s Tax Increment Finance district.