By Kristin Rover
A new dump truck arrived at Batavia Township just in time for the next snow storm.
Service Director Kenneth Embry said they picked the truck up Jan. 31 and have been outfitting it with all of the emergency equipment, snow plow, and salt systems necessary to tackle the latest storm.
“As you can see I brought the new truck,” Embry said during the Feb. 3 trustee meeting. “It is a nice piece of equipment.”
Embry said it will be a couple of weeks before the salt calibration system is working perfectly, but he said the truck is insured and ready to use during snow removal operations.
Trustees purchased the truck last year and have been awaiting its arrival.
Embry first came to trustees in July with a need for the new truck.
Embry shopped for several weeks for the truck, receiving prices from several manufacturers including International, Peterbilt and Freightliner.
Embry said they ended up going with the International truck. He said the total price for the truck and the equipment on the truck was $134,000.
He said the truck replaces a 1999 International truck that they traded in for a 2001 truck that they will use as backup.
“We have a total of five trucks now, including the backup,” Embry said. “Four do our snow removal and one as backup in case something goes wrong.”
Embry said that so far this year they have been out 22 times for snow removal. He said they have used 876 tons of salt already this season.