County may put truck up for bid


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will vote today to authorize selling an old county Department of Solid Waste garbage truck to the highest municipal bidder.

The board will meet at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building, and one of the items on the agenda is authorization to offer a 1993 former government surplus truck to county municipalities.

“There’s interest from a couple municipalities,” department Director Jeff Bouchard recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee.

Bouchard told the committee he might have a bidder within a couple of months. He recommended a $5,000 minimum bid for the truck.

He said the Department of Solid Waste in February 2012 obtained the old 1993 packer-style garbage truck from the federal government surplus program. The truck has been serviced by the maintenance division and loaned out to another municipality when their garbage truck was inoperable. He said it’s also been used in a curbside recycling collection experiment by the county.

Government surplus vehicles can be sold after they have been used by the Department of Solid Waste for 18 months.

Elsewhere in his operations report to the committee, Bouchard said his staff completed modifying a green military tractor-truck. The truck was on display for supervisors to see outside the last Economic Development and Environment Committee meeting. Bouchard said the county spent $3,000 on the automatic 2007 Freightliner with 16,000 miles.

“The maintenance staff did a phenomenal job,” Bouchard said.

Bouchard said the department delivered and installed new sheds at the Oppenheim and Ephratah transfer stations for the electronics program. Signs were also installed for the stations.

A government surplus lift-gate box truck was painted with an electronics recycling logo, Bouchard said. The truck is used for collection of electronics at several transfer stations.

Bouchard also reported his department continued with modifications to the gas well collection system, installing additional piping.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at