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Kidder's plan to purchase backhoe derailed

Published October 18. 2013 05:01PM

Kidder Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry Polanski put forth a motion for the purchase of a 2013 Caterpillar 416F backhoe at a cost of $82,323 at Thursday evening's board of supervisors meeting.

"We have an additional $108,000 in unanticipated revenue from a grant reimbursement that came in 2013," explained Polansky.

In the past the township has rented a backhoe several times throughout the year. At last month's budget workshop Polansky had asked township manager Lisa Klem to look into the cost of purchasing a backhoe.

"In the past four years we have spent approximately $48,000 on backhoe rental and related expenses," said Klem. "The Caterpillar, from Cleveland Brothers, is expected to last 10 to 20 years and would pay for itself over time."

The motion was made by Polansky and seconded by Supervisor Bob Lengle. Polansky and Lengle voted in favor of the purchase. Supervisors Frank Pieri and Tom Bradley voted against the purchase. Supervisor Mary Farnschlader was not present and did not take part in the vote. The motion did not pass.

Three other purchases were agreed upon.

• Upgraded Permit manager Software for $14,025 from CS-Graphx

• Upgraded Computer Server System for $15,000 from Leader Data Processing

• 36-inch Large Format Printer/Copier/Scanner for $7,534 from GBM, Inc.

The township also adopted a resolution setting the distribution from the Firemen's Relief Fund for the year. The distribution will be 36.8 percent to Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Company, 27 percent to Kidder Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and 36.2 percent to Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company.

The township is also considering hiring a consulting firm to complete the 911 addressing. There are currently two companies bidding on completing the project.

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