Palmerton agrees to buy $250,000 vacuum truck
Palmerton has agreed to shell out more than $250,000 for a vacuum truck.
Borough Council unanimously agreed on Thursday to purchase a vacuum truck from Vac-Con, of Evans City, Butler County, in the amount of $258,214.
Council later agreed, on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Chris Olivia opposed, to accept an additional $2,500 from the same company to haul away the borough's 1988 vacuum truck.
Olivia said he voted against the measure because he believes the borough could have gotten more money for the used truck.
Borough Manager Rodger Danielson said the purchase of the truck had been anticipated as part of the bond issue.
"The other one completely quit on us," Danielson said. "This was middle-priced; this was the best value we felt."
Danielson said 65-percent of the payment would come from the borough's sewer fund, while the other 35-percent would come from its water fund.
"It's anticipated we'll keep it for 25 years or better," he said. "It's already factored into the  budget you have."
Afterward, resident Scott Siegfried suggested perhaps the borough could have received more money for the truck if it had gotten estimates from more than one company.
"This disposable world we live in; maybe $2,500 for it is a good deal, but it could be worth $10,000, who knows? "I don't necessarily believe the seller may be giving the borough its best deal; if I were selling, I'd get more than one bid from one guy."
Also on Thursday, council unanimously approved a one-year contract extension with Tamaqua Transfer to continue as the borough's solid waste refuse recycler.
Danielson said the contract extension comes with a one-percent increase, which he said is "still a reasonable price."
"Their rate of one-percent is very reasonable," Danielson said. "By and large, they provide a good service for us."
Danielson said the increase will cost the borough just $330 more a year.
Olivia said the borough "should jump on it."
The borough had a three-year contract with the company that was set to expire Dec. 31.