Ogdensburg needs new loader, but remains low on cash
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 8:55 am


OGDENSBURG – Ogdensburg is in need of a new loader, but financial shortfalls could force the city to make repairs to the aging equipment instead, according to a public update from the city manager.

According to the report the main cylinder arms are being rebuilt. One was able to be repaired in house, while the other had to be sent out for a complete rework.

“We experienced over $15,000 in repairs this year on one of our loaders and anticipate over $10,000 on it next year,” the report says. “We need to try to find the funds to purchase a new loader in 2019.”

According to the report city mechanics are recommending moving forward in with $10,000 worth of repairs to the John Deere Loader.

Public Works Director Scott Thornhill is trying to hold off on the repair if the city can purchase a new loader in 2019.

“Postponing the repair is not going to cause further damage, but if we are not going to replace the loader in 209, then we will need to make repairs in 2018 to avoid safety issues,” the report says.

According to the update, the loader is also nearing critical hours for engine and transmission overhauls, which would cost and additional $10,000 to $15,000.

The report did not indicate a cost for replacing the loader.