Salem selectmen sign off on new truck for Public Works
On Monday, selectmen approved spending just over $17,000 on a new pickup truck for the department. If there is not money left over in the 2014 budget for the purchase, the board allowed the use of the water and sewer department’s unassigned fund balance for the purchase.
Selectmen unanimously approved using the unassigned fund balance for the purchase, if needed, but did ask if it would have been possible to determine that a new truck was needed during the last budget process.
Russell said it wasn’t known that the truck was in that bad of shape until it went in for the state inspection. If the department had thought the truck wouldn’t be able to pass inspection, Russell said there would have been a request for a new truck in the department’s budget.
Keller asked if it would be possible for the town to inspect vehicles prior to the beginning of the town budget process.
“The inspection is done by the state in March, and to have us go through and inspect these vehicles a second time during the year is time consuming from a labor standpoint,” said Hickey.
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