Clarendon investing in new highway truck
By SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | March 28,2013
CLARENDON — A new truck will replace an old truck just in time for plowing and sanding the roads next winter.
The Select Board approved a request by the town’s road commissioner, Daryl Tripp, to order the 2014 vehicle with delivery expected in the fall.
Tripp solicited a number of bids and selected a cab and chassis from Clark’s Truck Center in Jericho at a cost of $57,665 after a $21,000 trade-in of a town truck.
The body, plow and hydraulic system would be purchased from Barre-based Tenco New England at a cost of $62,597.
Tripp said the new truck would replace the town’s 2004 single-axle vehicle.
“It’s getting to the point we’re dumping thousands into it,” he said.
The new vehicle is “identical” to the 2012 truck used by road crew workers, according to Tripp. He said prices had increased by $20,000 on the vehicle in just two years.
Board members said the town had budgeted for the purchase and approved Tripp’s request to order the vehicle as long as the municipality would not be billed until the next budget cycle after July 1. Tripp said no down payment was required and the town would maintain possession of the 2004 truck until the new vehicle was delivered.
“We’ll see it in a September or October time frame,” Tripp said.
Board members also discussed a number of road projects with Tripp, including Teer Road and Schoolhouse Hill Road.
“We made a commitment to residents to do the work this summer,” Selectman Arthur Knox said of Teer Road.
The board instructed Tripp to obtain quotes for road improvements.
Schoolhouse Hill Road, along with Teer Road and other streets, are expected to be used as a detour when the state starts work on a Walker Mountain Road bridge.
State transportation officials have scheduled repairs for the summer of 2015 and expect the project to last about a month.
According to a state Agency of Transportation report, Bridge 11 over Clarendon River, located 1 mile east of the intersection with Route 133, garnered a “poor” deck rating, a “poor” superstructure rating and a “fair” substructure rating.
Under the AOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program, the work would be expedited if the structure was closed rather than a temporary bridge installed.
Municipal officials have indicated that part of Schoolhouse Hill Road needs to be widened. Tripp agreed to meet with residents to discuss a plan for improvements.