Elm Grove Public Works Director wants to trade money for new car for village truck
Truck would be purchased from city of Brookfield through auction
How many workers does it take to hang holiday decorations in Elm Grove?
The answer could go from three to one if the village wins big at an auction for a highway sign truck.
Director of Public Works Director Richard Paul, Jr. is so sure about the purchase that he suggested reallocating money budgeted for his new director's vehicle be used to cover the costs. Paul told the Public Works/Utilities Committee Monday that the trade off would be worth it for the village.
"This multifunctional piece of equipment increases safety to employees by providing access to trees, street lighting, traffic signals, etc.," Paul said. Workers currently use ladders and other unstable or unconventional means to hang decorations.
The used truck has an aerial bucket, crane, post pounder, generator and space to store hand tools and cutting torches. Its uses include forestry, sign work, street and light decorations, sewer and storm work and fleet maintenance.
Paul said he is confident in the truck because he worked for the city of Brookfield for 22 years, spending most of that time in the Highway Department.
"Although I don't normally feel purchasing used equipment is the most effective route, I know the history and maintenance of this piece of equipment from my previous employment and feel it would be an asset," he said.
The truck would be purchased through an internet auction for an estimated $25,000 to $30,000.
"Can't we just buy it outright from the city?" committee member Rob Casperson asked.
The city has a firm policy and no exceptions can be granted, Village Manager Dave DeAngelis replied.
The money would have replaced Paul's 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, a director's vehicle scheduled to be replaced every ten years.
The committee supported the suggestion and moved to send it to the Finance Committee.
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