John Sullivan, crew chief for the Department of Public Works, reported at Monday’s meeting of the Little Falls Board of Public Works the DPW is in the process of purchasing a new pickup truck for about $23,000.
The department will re-lease a truck it currently has for another year and hopes to purchase another one next year. An old belt loader and an asphalt heater will be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
The need for a new Vactor was also discussed.
“We can’t afford not to have it,” said Mayor Robert Peters. “It helps with water leaks.”
Peters said city crews used to use a backhoe to repair leaks; the Vactor is far more efficient and keeps the need for water shutoffs to a minimum, he said.
It is also used to take care of plugged sewers.
“That machine pays for itself,” said Peters.
It was noted the request was made to include the purchase in this year’s budget, but the funds were eliminated during the budget process.
The finance committee, made up of three members of the Common Council, should have more input from the various departments, according to the mayor, who noted the committee and the council need to understand what the equipment is and why it is needed.
In other business the board:
• Approved the temporary appointments of Bernard Jodway as assistant crew chief and Robert Carpenter as working foreman for the public works department to fill in during a medical leave.
• Approved the lease agreement with the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs for the use of Veterans Memorial Park.
• Received the recommendations for work to be done at the city pool and playground before winter.
• Received a letter from the attorney for the owner of the Garden Street row house property, which was referred to City Attorney Ed Rose.
• Heard the state had redone the work on West Main Street after city officials complained the initial work left the street rough. A thank you letter was sent to the state.
• Referred a request for a street light on Danube Lane to the lighting committee.