GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Better late than never.
Although its new truck arrived later than expected, the township road department still got plenty of use from it thanks to a snowy February.
The department received the truck from Myers Equipment Corp. at the beginning of February after five months of waiting for equipment to arrive to complete the vehicle. But thanks to the harsh winter, 500 miles have already been logged on the odometer.
Pictured is Goshen Township’s new road department truck. The truck arrived the beginning of last month and logged 500 miles plowing and salting the roads. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
According to Road Foreman Jim Stryffeler, the truck, which includes a snow plow and salt spreader, replaces a 14-year-old truck that now becomes a secondary unit.
Stryffeler said the truck with equipment, purchased through the state purchasing program, will cost approximately $130,000 and is accounted for in the department's budget. Township trustees in August approved a five-year lease for the vehicle through FNB Commercial Leasing with a $1 buyout at the end of the five years.
"It was either a new truck or costly maintenance repairs," Stryffeler said.
Although the truck initially arrived in September, the warranty did not start until the township received the truck last month, trustee Roger Heineman noted at February's trustees meeting.
Stryffeler said the truck will be used to plow snow in the winter and haul asphalt in the summer.