Council approves new utility truck

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council Tuesday approved the purchase of a new dump/snow plow truck for the Plymouth Utilities.

The Ford F-550 truck will be purchased from Ewald Ford in Hartford for $76,826. Their bid was more than $1,000 less from bids from Broadway Ford in Green Bay and L&S Truck Center in Appleton.

In a memo to the council, Plymouth Utilities Electric Operations Manager James Peterson explained that Burkart Ford in Plymouth was asked but did not place a bid.

“Over the last two years we’ve added equipment at the utilities and, rather than use a line truck to haul the equipment, we’ll use this truck,” City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges explained.

The truck can also be used for snow plowing at the Plymouth Utilities Operations Center on County PP, Yerges added. Presently, the utilities contract with a private service for snow plowing.

The council re-approved $2.6 million in industrial revenue bonds to aid a 43,000-square foot expansion project by Plymouth Cold Storage on Blanke Court in the southeast industrial park.

City Attorney Crystal Fieber noted that the bonds – which are an obligation of the company, not the city – were approved last month but the required public hearing was improperly noticed and had to be held again.

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