City plans purchases

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council decided Tuesday to borrow $925,000 to pay for equipment purchases this year.

The equipment includes a $150,000 loader and a $140,000 garbage truck for the Department of Public Works, $80,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus for the Fire Department, $80,000 for two unmarked sedans and a marked patrol car for the Police Department, and $84,000 for a key system for City Hall.

The Department of Public Works has the bulk of the capital projects, with an estimated cost of $482,000 for equipment. In addition to the garbage truck and loader, the department will buy a $140,000 plow truck.

DPW Director Kevin Jones said many DPW vehicles are outdated and need to be taken out of service.

“We just went really where the need was,” Mayor Dayton King said about the capital projects. “We have a plow truck right now that is a 1969, and we certainly have to get something a little newer than that.”

New vehicles and equipment for the Police Department are included in the capital projects, at an estimated cost of $227,000.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said he needs a new fully equipped patrol vehicle, similar to the two purchased last year, and two unmarked vehicles to replace units from the 1990s that are still in use. The department also will get a new animal control truck for $25,000.

In addition, the Police Department requested the secure access system, VanDeusen said.

All of City Hall will have a key-card swipe system that gives each employee his or her own ID card and would limit access to areas of the building employees are allowed to be in.

City Hall now uses a low-tech lock-and-key system throughout the building. The new system will cost $84,000.

The capital projects plan also calls for the purchase of heating-ventilation and air-conditioning units for City Hall and the Fire Department with an estimated cost of $104,000.

The city plans to buy the equipment by the end of the year.

King said the city’s debt-service payments will not increase from the borrowing through serial bonds.

He said Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen has a strict policy of paying back the bonds in five years or less.

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