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Hopkinton Town Board approves purchase for new truck

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HOPKINTON - Highway Superintendent James Hollenbeck and the Hopkinton Highway Department are months away from receiving a new truck after a purchase was approved by the town board during this week’s meeting.

Mr. Hollenbeck had presented prices at the August meeting from three different truck companies: Mack, Peterbilt and Western Star. During that session, he also talked about prices on snow plow equipment from Tenco and Viking.

The discussion concluded with the board asking Mr. Hollenbeck to consult with the companies and see what the payment options were on a five year lease, leading to Monday’s conversation.

“We’ve got two prices on the Mack right now. One with 10-fold equipment is $186,434 and with Viking equipment is about $3,000 cheaper,” Mr. Hollenbeck explained. “I guess it’s six of one half a dozen of the other but the Viking is a hair cheaper. … Viking’s the way to go for certain parts and you can get parts within an hour.”

After brief discussion, Town Supervisor Susan Wood and the rest of the board agreed with Mr. Hollenbeck the Mack truck with equipment from Viking Cives in Harisville was the best option.

The town’s highway department currently utilizes three plow trucks, the oldest one being from 2000. The new vehicle will replace the 13-year-old truck and one of the other older ones now on the road will be used as a spare, according to the highway superintendent.

“It’s a five-year term and the first payment due would be one year after (the truck) is received. The payment is just over $30,000 with 3.24 percent interest rate and a down payment of $50,000,” Mr. Hollenbeck said. “I suggested going with an extended warranty, and they voted to purchase that as well. There’s a whole bunch of different plans for extended warranty so they’ll pick something that’s warrantied for around 7,500 hours and that will be about $1,400 extra. That would last us about nine years.”

The trucks are used by the department for typical work like hauling in sand and gravel during the summer and plowing in the winter.

Mr. Hollenbeck also added recently talked with someone about adding stainless steel plates, which would tack on approximately $751 to the total.

“We also will have stainless steel hydraulic piping rather than hoses that go back and don’t last as long,” he said. “We’re hoping (the truck) is here by the beginning of 2014. It depends on how busy they are and, of course, the production of the truck as well.”

Board member Gilbert Sochia made the motion for approval of the purchase, and the board unanimously voted for the truck purchase.

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