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Connellsville Township supervisors looking at new truck

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By Rachel Basinger
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

Connellsville Township supervisors are hoping to purchase a new truck for the township if they can get acceptable financing.

In an attempt to get the lowest price possible, supervisors decided to break up the different components of the truck and purchase them at three different places rather than purchase a fully outfitted truck from one place.

The chassis will more than likely be a Dodge diesel and came in at a cost of about $43,500; the hydraulic, snow plow and salt spreader came in at nearly $16,000; and the dump bed package came in at just over $11,000.

“We've been kicking around the idea of purchasing a new truck for the last several months and the time to act is now,” said Supervisor Tom Cesario.

Supervisor Robert Carson said financing is needed and supervisors must see what the township's liquid fuels procurement is for this year.

Supervisors this week also discussed a problem with a residence on the inner section of Freeman Lane and East Francis Avenue that seems to have downspout water crossing over a township road and onto a city road.

City officials are concerned about the water runoff because in the colder temperatures the runoff can freeze and cause a safety hazard on the city roadway.

John Over with K2 Engineering Inc, the township's engineering firm, said that if it's a natural discharge, the property owner has the right to have the water flow downstream, but if it's causing a hazard, they would need to correct it.

In other business, even though the township seems to have a pretty good salt supply left, supervisors said they should once again put in for the usual 200 tons for the next winter season.

Supervisors approved a payment of $9,000 for a 10-to-20-ton steel drum roller for paving projects.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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