Goffstown selectmen debate need for new forestry vehicle
The committee was unable to finalize the town’s budget at the meeting, as members did not have adjustment amount totals.
Caron made a motion to reduce the forestry truck line item from $95,000 to zero.
“I’m having a hard time justifying replacing a vehicle when we’ve already bought a vehicle to replace this one and it was redirected to some other duties,” Caron said.
Fire Chief Richard O’Brien had recommended $130,000 for a new forestry truck, but the selectmen reduced that to $95,000. O’Brien said the 1968 truck is unreliable, unsafe and needs constant repairs. He characterized the expense as a need rather than a wish list. The replacement vehicle referred to by Caron had been purchased 11 years ago, and was needed for other purposes such as medical emergency responses.
“In this day and age when we’re seeing more frequent and intense storm events and more wash outs, this is a vehicle that can be used to get to those areas in town that are isolated because of these incidents,” he said.
Richard Fletcher made a motion to increase the forestry truck line item back to $130,000, but it failed. However, Caron’s original motion not to purchase the vehicle also failed, and the $95,000 expenditure will be presented at the public hearing.
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