By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – After years of struggling with deficits and challenged budgets city council May 3 approved the purchase of more than $1.5 million worth of vehicles to shore up its Department of Public Works fleet. Seven snow-plow trucks soon will be added to the effort along with a tandem water truck and tree truck.
Mayor Rick Sollars said financial improvements over the past two years cleared the way for investments in city services.
“Everyone is focusing heavily this year on a better quality of life for our residents,” Sollars said. “This is another action in that effort.”
The purchases were arranged through the Wolverine Truck Group and will be financed through PNC Bank over five years. The seven vehicles – all are 2017 models – will cost the city a total of $1,564,951.
Sollars noted that the city has erased what had been a $5 million and, for two years in a row, reported a positive fund balance. Purchase of the vehicles will come from the DPW general fund and water capital outlay accounts.
Replacing aging vehicles has been a priority, and last year two new street sweepers were purchased to replace outdated equipment. Street renovation projects continue throughout the city, along with investments to repair walking paths and other amenities at Heritage Park.
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