Granville joined a number of area communities following a Thursday night decision to purchase a new piece of equipment for the highway department.
The Granville Town Board joined town boards from Hartford, Hebron and several other Washington County communities by deciding to purchase a new loader following the announcement of state contract prices earlier this year.
“If there is one piece of equipment we should (replace) it’s this one. This machine is the life’s blood of our operation,” Granville Highway Superintendent John Tanner said.
The model in question, a John Deere 624K, is the least costly of the half dozen loaders available at state contract prices at $114,829.
Loaders have many jobs perhaps none more important than loading salt and sand into highway trucks during the snow and ice storms of the winter months.
Municipalities are often able to get significant price reductions when New York State agrees to purchase items from fuel oil to computers and phone service in bulk.
In this case the loader’s price is quite good and the amount of money being offered for trades is also significant.
Like automobiles, the higher cost of a new vehicle is driving the used vehicle market up, stimulating interest in used equipment and making it more valuable.
“It’s just too good a deal to pass up,” Tanner said Thursday night.
Supervisor Matt Hicks said favored making the purchase because it would not deplete the town’s equipment fund.
Tanner’s compatriot in Hartford Greg Brown agreed Tuesday night, as he urged his board to agree to commit to the purchase of a new machine. Hartford’s loader in six years old, he said.
Given money put into paying for the loader and maintenance since its purchase, Brown said Hartford’s machine had an equivalent cost of between $6,000 and $7,000 per year the town owned the loader.
“And you can’t rent one for a year for that kind of money. It’s a good deal,” he said. Brown said he could pay for the remainder of the cost of the loader without tapping his department’s equipment purchase line item due to the high trade in value and low cost. Hartford supervisor Dana Haff said he was particularly pleased the town would have a new loader and retain all of the equipment line item in the budget.
Like Granville, Hartford is being offered a trade in price when combined with state contract pricing makes the deal to attractive and cost effective to pass up. With the value to the Hartford loader, Haff said the town will only have to spend about $39,000 to purchase the brand new machine.
Haff said he was particularly pleased Brown was able to find the money within his budget because he ‘saved here and there.’
“In a lot of government spending people think you have to spend all off the money in their budget or you’re not going to get it again next year,” Haff said. “I complimented him on doing a good job of doing more with less,” he said.
Officials in Hebron decided at their June meeting to move forward with the purchase for many of the same reasons.
Highway superintendent Floyd Pratt also recommended making the upgrade prior to the town’s loader losing any additional value or costing the town more money with maintenance.
Town clerk Jenny Martelle said the town’s most recent large tandem axle truck purchase was on state contract and the next one-ton pick up the town buys will also be on state contract price. Martelle said the town looks to state contract on items from office supplies to various types of fuel and computers as well as heavy equipment.