Spring Lake Park to buy new work truck to replace 22-year-old model

The Spring Lake Park City Council has authorized the purchase of a truck chassis and attachments to replace a much-used 1991 Ford L8000.

The International truck will be purchased from Boyer International Trucks of Rogers at a cost of $78,820, plus motor vehicle sales tax. Funds will come from the 2012 equipment certificates.

“The box is rotted off,” Terry Randall, public works director, said in an interview with the Life. “The truck is just getting tired.”

Randall received contract quotes from two other companies: one from a Mack dealer for $92,777 and another from a Freightline dealer for $79,794.

In researching the purchase, Randall spoke with city workers from Fridley and Columbia Heights. Both cities have International trucks. “They love them,” he said at a July 15 city council meeting.

Randall figures the build time for the truck will be about 75 days from the time the company receives the order.

In addition to the truck, the council approved the purchase of a new dump box, under belly plow, front plow, sander, wing and the controls for the new truck at a cost of $90,322. The items will also be paid from 2012 equipment certificates.

Randall recommended going with Tow Master of Litchfield, the same company from which the city purchased its present attachments. “I budgeted $180,000 for the truck and equipment. We’re coming in just under budget,” Randall said.

The new wing purchase will “save a ton of time and a ton of work,” he said at the meeting.

The city does not own a wing at this time for its dump truck. Instead of the five or six passes the city truck has made in the past to clear snow with its front plow, the addition of the nine-foot wing will clear snow in one pass in each direction.

The new equipment includes a computerized control to economize the amount of salt spread on slippery roads.

“Hopefully we can eliminate some of the salt on the road,” Randall said. The city will keep its current front plow for a spare.

Spring Lake Park’s 22-year-old Ford L8000 has logged on 74,000 miles, all driven in a city of just two square miles. “Hard miles,” a council member said.

Randall says the city will either trade in the truck or put it on an auction site.

The council voted 5-0 in favor of authorizing the purchases.

Elyse Kaner is at
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