Public Works Department gets new dump truck

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

$64,858 expenditure comes in $150 under budget

The Cassville Public Works Department once again updated its vehicle fleet with the purchase of a small dump truck from Les Jacobs Ford.

According to Steve Walensky, public works director, the department bought the truck from Les Jacobs Ford for $43,427. The department then went to Springfield-based Bus Andrews Truck Equipment and purchased the dump bed and plow, at a cost of $21,431.

The pair of purchases totaled $64,858, which Walensky said came in about $150 shy of the $65,000 budget for the purchase.

Also bidding on the small dump truck was Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, of Cassville, which bid $44,000.

Walensky said the small dump truck will be the city's only one now, as it plans to retire the 1987 large dump truck, which faces a list of repairs that exceed $8,000.

Walensky said with the cost of repairs, along with gas costs, CDL license costs and other costs, he believes it makes more sense financially for the city to outsource its large dump truck needs.

The city only uses the large dump truck for three main purposes: to haul dirt for the ball fields, to pick up cinders for when it snows, and to haul rocks from the rock quarry.

Walensky said the dirt is transported from Springdale, Ark., and the cinders are transported from Weir, Kan.

The city now plans to sell the 1987 dump truck as-is, where-is.

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