TREMONT — When you have a big job to do, you need a big truck. And, not every local dealer has the vehicle you need.
That’s what selectmen found out Monday in discussing the purchase of a new truck for snowplowing and other duties.
Town Manager Dana Reed had been tasked with developing bid specifications for the new truck. He reported that Chevrolet and GMC no longer make a truck in the 550-class. Ford and Dodge continue to make trucks in that size. Some dealers are not authorized to sell trucks of that size, he added.
Selectmen approved Reed’s bid specifications, which are for a truck with a 6.7-liter diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The snowplow will be purchased through a separate bid process.
Reed expressed concerns about whether the town would have the truck on the road before the need to plow the roads. Awarding of the bid and delivery of a truck could take two to three months, he pointed out. In addition, the bed and sander for the new truck will come off of the vehicle it is replacing. Installing these items will add even more time, he said.
In related matters, selectmen approved a bid from the Howard P. Fairfield company for new blades for the town’s snowplows and learned that bids were forthcoming for winter road sand.
Selectmen also directed Reed to advertise the sale of tax-acquired properties. Two, possibly three properties are to be advertised. If the owners of one of the properties come up with the remaining $172 they owe by Friday, their property will be taken off the list.