The Elkins Finance Committee approved the purchase of two new trucks Thursday. One will be a new salt truck for the street department and the second will be used by the water department.
Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said the street department needs to replace the city's aging salt truck before winter sets in. He said the city received three bids for a 2012 Ford F-350 with a dump bed. The first was from Elkins Fordland for $34,021, but it would take eight to 12 weeks to receive the vehicle. The second quote from Stuckey Ford, a dealership in Pennsylvania, came in a bit higher at $34,400.
"Both bids beat the state bid price," Pingley said. "As long as we are under the state bid we are good."
Pingley recommended purchasing the truck from Stuckey Ford even though it is slightly more expensive because the truck is on the lot and does not need to be ordered.
"We are going to need it before long," Pingley said. "It already has the dump bed, we will just have to put the salt machine on it and it is ready to go."
The city will finance the pickup through Davis Trust Co. at 3.05 percent for three years. City Treasurer Lisa Daniels-Smith said the purchase will require a budget adjustment.
The committee approved the measure and the adjustment and the purchase will have to be approved by City Council.
The committee also approved the purchase of an additional truck for the water department. Pingley said the state bid price came in at $21,004 and a bid from Fordland came in at $23,090. He said the money for the purchase is already in the water department budget. The committee approved the purchase using money from the water department's depreciation account.