"We were all on that schedule when the money showed up from FEMA, and we threw that schedule out," said Koetzle. "All of a sudden it's an emergency."
He said he asked LeClare during a work session if there was a backup plan in case his existing trucks broke, and he was told there were other trucks to do the plowing in an emergency.
"Let's go through this budget process first for 2010. We'll have that discussion in October," said Koetzle. "If we do need a new truck, it might make sense to bond it."
LeClare said he feels that the FEMA money was earned by the work of his highway department crew during the storm cleanup.
"Everyone thinks that the highway department is misusing funded money to buy equipment. We are in dire need of equipment," said LeClare. "If FEMA didn't come along, I would still be asking for this truck."
He said that his fleet of trucks is quickly becoming unusable.
"We had a nine-year time frame where we didn't order a truck. Now we need to get back on track so we can safely take care of our roads," said LeClare.
Many of this plowing trucks in the fleet are about 20 years old.
Tom Kappola, who works as a welder-mechanic for the highway department and will be running against LeClare in this year's election for the position of highway superintendent, said that the life expectancy of a truck like that is about eight to 10 years, but he added that these trucks are well-maintained and are in good shape, especially for their age.
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