Ogdensburg City Council approves purchase of new sewer truck
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:57 am

OGDENSBURG – City councilors approved the purchase of a $345,195 sewer cleaner vacuum truck Monday.

The city will pay $308,195 after receiving $37,000 on a trade-in of the current sewer truck.

Joe Johnson Equipment USA, Inc. will build the truck, with delivery expected before the end of the year.

Interim Director of Public Works Gregg Harland said the current truck is more that 15 years old.

“It’s way over its life expectancy,” he said adding that trucks typically last about 12 years.

Harland said the truck has been overhauled and the tank has been patched on multiple occasions.

He said the tank needed to be replaced at a cost of $80,000.

“If you are going to buy a tank and put it on an old truck, it makes more sense to get a new one,” he said.

Harland said the city is in need of some other equipment replacements, but the sewer truck is the top priority.

“It’s all the problems that you don’t see that it saves you from,” he said.

Harland thanked the council for approving the purchase, before it was too late.