Shortly after his appointment to the job, Alton’s Public Works director identified a number of pieces of equipment that needed to be replaced. The city council approved a $450,000 loan with Liberty Bank, which actually acts more like a line of credit, and the new pieces are coming in just in time for the majority of the winter season.
Bob Barnhart says the city is replacing snowplow trucks, a couple of basic pick-up trucks for cold-patching purposes that will also be fitted with snowplows, and a street sweeper for starters. Barnhart says they were able to save some money and hopefully some time by finding a way to purchase equipment without having to go through the state bid to get equipment.
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Barnhart says they are fitting some of the trucks with stainless steel bens. That way when the trucks are beyond repair, they can remove the bed and place it on the new truck, saving the city money in the long run.