Glenville approves new truck purchase

"If they could have said to me, 'Listen, if we buy this truck today we'll have it in time for December then I might see the need to proceed quickly here," he said.

LeClare, who already ordered the new truck, disagrees that it will be sitting until next winter.

"We'll be able to use it as a year-round vehicle," said LeClare.

He said that the truck can be used for a number of services around the Town of Glenville, "not just snow plowing and salting services, but for hauling material debris and as a dump truck, as well," said LeClare.

The debate started after the town received FEMA money to pay them back for work that was completed after the December 2008 ice storm to clean up the town.

According to Eric Dickson, the town's attorney, the measure would be legal as long as the truck was paid for.

Councilman Mark Quinn, who voted in favor of the truck purchase, voiced his desire for financing of the purchase to be made as soon as possible.

LeClare has wanted to buy the truck using money that was awarded to the town by FEMA in a total of about $500,000 for several months. However, town board members and Glenville Town Supervisor Frank Quinn believe that there are better ways to spend the FEMA money and better ways to purchase the truck. Another option for funding the truck purchase would be bonding it.

"They passed a resolution to spend the money but they didn't do it in a comprehensive way so that we could weigh all of our options," said Koetzle.

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"Nick Hall contributed to this story


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