Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:56
Public Works Committee backs wheeling, dealing plan for used vehicles
The Village of Saukville Public Works Committee was in the mood to do a little wheeling and dealing on vehicles during its most recent meeting.
Originally, village officials intended to replace a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck used by Department of Public Works with a new truck, and then transfer another vehicle, a 1999 Ranger, to the building custodian.
The 2011 budget includes $10,000 for the replacement DPW vehicle, which officials expected to be another used truck.
With the budget constraints the village is facing, Public Works Supt. Ray deBruijn told the committee a more economical option might work.
Making the truck switch would require considerable man hours, deBruijn said, switching tires and caps, and getting the older vehicle ready for auction.
â€śTo spend that amount of money has become problematic. Why not sell both trucks and buy a conventional four-door sedan as a staff vehicle,â€ť deBruijn said.
The van, which has been used sparingly to transport village employees, would be turned over to the custodian.
â€śThere is no need for a van to be a staff vehicle because there is not the larger number of people that use it. Usually, there are one to three people (who ride in it) on a regular basis,â€ť deBruijn said.
He said the vehicle plan â€świll eliminate the maintenance problems we have been having lately with the two trucks and get more use for the van instead of just sitting in the (DPW) garage.â€ť
In addition, deBruijn said the staff car will be more fuel-efficient and should be subject to fewer repairs.
He said the combined Kelly Blue Book value of the two trucks is between $10,000 and $12,000.
â€śHopefully, weâ€™ll get numbers that are close to that value,â€ť Village Administrator Dawn Wagner said.
The committee recommended the dealing scheme to the Finance Committee.