Massena trustees ok borrowing up to $145,000 to replace aging sidewalk plow
BY ANDY GARDNER
North Country This Week
MASSENA -- The village board voted to spend up to $145,000 to replace an aging sidewalk plow.
They took the action at a July 1 special meeting streamed live online via Zoom.Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan Fayad said their current 1993 sidewalk plow needs to be replaced “almost immediately.”
“There’s only one (new plow) left in stock, so that’s the reason we’re trying to expedite this,” Mayor Tim Currier said.
“We did not add to the budget to get this piece of equipment,” Fayad said.
Village Treasurer Kevin Felt said the bond resolution the board approved, not to exceed $145,000, avoided a permissive referendum.
“The rationale is this would be a five-year payback. Because of the sensitivity of time, if we bond for five years then we don’t need to do a permissive referendum and wait 30 days to secure the purchase,” he said.
Deputy Mayor Matt Lebire said “state contract piggybacking” will help them save money.
“We find out who got the good deal and we’re able to join in with them and get one as well,” he explained.
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