Board OKs new garbage truck

PERTH – The Town Board on Thursday approved spending more than $6,000 for a new garbage truck.

According to the resolution, the town will buy a 1995 Volvo garbage truck from the Fulton County Department of Solid Waste for $6,750.

According to David Dopp, the town highway superintendent, the town needs two dump trucks to handle trash.

“We [need] two garbage trucks and we have been running one garbage truck as a recycling truck,” Dopp said.

With the new truck, Dopp said the town Highway Department will not need to do four trips a week to pick up garbage with one garbage truck.

With two trucks, Dopp said, the department will be able to do two trips a week with both trucks, which will save the town money.

Dopp said now the recycling truck also can be used for brush pickup and other work.

Garage work

Also at the Town Board meeting Thursday, Dopp said work on the new highway garage was complete, save for minor repairs needed to the plumbing and heat.

Officials said the old garage was too small and old to be the only garage for the town.

Voters in 2011 approved bonding the project up to $600,000. The town bonded the cost of the garage, totaling to $383,000 for construction and $7,000 in interest.

The Town Board unanimously approved bids in June for several companies to construct the new highway building

Officials said the added space for vehicles in the new garage will save money on maintenance costs, due to the wear and tear vehicles received from previously being parked outside. The old garage will be used for storage, officials said.