Archbold Village Council elected to go out of town to purchase a new mediumduty truck during its Monday, July 2 meeting.
At the recommendation of the village street department and streets and sidewalk committee, council agreed to purchase a 2013 Freightliner.
The truck will replace a 20-year-old truck. It will be used by the street department to pick up and chip fallen tree limbs.
The Freightliner bid, submitted by Stoops Freightliner, Lima, was for a 300- horsepower diesel truck with an automatic transmission. The price was $73,521.
Rich Ford offered a Ford F-750, but Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said a three-man chipping crew had difficulty getting in and out of the regular F-750 cab.
Ford also offered an F-750 with a four-door crew cab option, but the crew cab truck was four feet longer. Street department crews felt the extra length would make it more difficult to maneuver in tight places.
Both of the Fords were less expensive than the Freightliner. The standard F-750 was bid at $63,827, $9,694 less than the Freightliner.
The crew-cab Ford was offered for $66,940, $6,581 less than the truck selected.
Also, the Freightliner is a 2013 model-year truck. The Fords would have been 2012 models.
Howell said it is anticipated the Freightliner will remain in service for 25 years.
Council also accepted the bid of the Ohio Plan insurance consortium for the village property and liability insurance company.
The V.S. Beck Insurance Agency, the local firm representing Archbold, bid the package with a one-year premium of $58,012.
That’s up about $5,000 from last year, but Howell said the village has submitted some claims, and there is an outstanding claim against the village now.
Plus, the village has added more equipment to its roster.
Howell said John Heer, Archbold, another agent in the village, said because of the village’s claim history, the companies he represents could not compete with the Ohio Plan bid.
Council is working with the German Township Trustees on installation of a streetlight at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Co. Rd. 24.
Howell said the intersection is “pretty dark,” adding that there is already a light at the intersection of Nolan Parkway and the county road.
There is no pole on the village side of the intersection, but there is a pole on the township side. Howell said the trustees were approached about allowing Toledo Edison to put up a streetlight on the pole in township right-of-way.
Village officials will add the additional light to the village street lighting contract with TE, and include the $16.20 monthly cost in the village bill. There will be no cost to the trustees.
Councilmen heard a report from the finance committee, noting that village officials are reviewing the village investment portfolio. No action was recommended.
Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, was absent from the meeting, which was conducted by Jeff Fryman, councilman.
The next meeting is Monday, July 16, 7 pm, in council chambers.–David Pugh