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Weissport planning to sell off used dump truck for scrap metal

Published April 05. 2011 05:00PM

Weissport is back in the business of selling equipment.

Back in December 2008, Weissport Council purchased a yellow 1997 Ford F-350 dump truck at a cost of $7,500 to replace a 1988 blue Ford F-350 dump truck with a rotted out floor.

Since then the blue truck was sold for $1,500 and now the yellow truck is on its way to the scrap yard because of failed brakes that occurred soon after purchase and the truck was never able to be put on the road because of one mechanical failure or another.

Council members made the decision on Monday night to put the yellow truck, plus the attached snow plow up for bid for scrap metal.

The truck will be sold to the highest bidder.

The funds generated will be used to help pay for the new 2011 Silverado dump pick up truck. The truck has four wheel drive and a dual axle. The borough paid $43,860 for the new truck in December 2010.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman reported that police officer Steven Mansueto needs to purchase ammunition to qualify his gun. He said the costs will be $125 for the ammunition. Also he noted that Mansueto will undergo training in Ambler for four days. He said that Mansueto will not charge the borough for the time, but that Mansueto wanted approval to use the police car to travel back and forth to the training sessions. Council approved the request.

Also secretary Dana Brubaker noted that the borough is complying with emergency management guidelines. She noted that councilman Arland Moyer is the emergency coordinator and that his name is on file, plus Moyer did undergo necessary emergency management training. She noted that while it is strongly suggested that all council members receive training, it is not mandatory.

Gene Kershner, council member, noted that he had a successful meeting with the Carbon County Conservation District and that the borough is nearing compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection. He noted that a meeting was canceled because of the flu and everyone was sick, but that the borough has signed the ordinance and has until June 9 to complete another segment to fully comply.

Council President Tim Rehrig said that he has received three bids to purchase stop signs but that two companies bid for 24-inch and a third bid for 30-inch signs. He said he needs to secure another bid for 24-inch signs to meet the criteria for three bids. He said that council has until June 30 to spend grant funds of $7,348 to purchase stop signs.

Moyer noted that the Army Corps of Engineers inspected the levee for flood damage which was considerable. He said that the borough will need to secure a grant for their share of the costs - approximately 20 percent.

Brubaker noted that she is seeking direction about what to do about the four people who are more than two years in arrear in their solid waste bills. She noted that approximately $2,030 is the total costs of overdue payments.

Tammy Solt of Weissport Recreation Committee, formerly known as Concerned Citizens of Weissport, said that she wants to include Concerned Citizens of Weissport on the playground sign to thank them for all their hard work. She also thanked the borough and volunteers for all their hard work in building the playground.

"The dedication is at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and everyone is invited," said Solt.

Dennis Moser, borough worker, said that the borough does not have equipment to take down the banners and asked for direction.

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