The Harrison Town Board is expected to vote on more than $1.6 million in capital costs at Thursday's meeting, covering a variety of expenses including a new self-loading garbage truck and proposed drainage improvements.
The costs $300,000 alone. But the board will also need to approve new containers for it and route optimization software that together will cost an additional $103,000, plus a container tipper retrofit device at a price of $12,000. In total the truck will cost more than $438,000 plus bonding costs.
The board has praised the new truck at recent public meetings, saying they have visited communities that have made the investment and seen it pay off. Benefits include less risk of injury, less workers required to operate the truck and matching garbage cans for all homes on the truck's route.
"We know we have to go this way," Belmont said during a recent interview, noting that one of Harrison's sanitation trucks needs to be replaced this year anyway. "It doesn't make sense to not get this kind of truck."
The board will also consider several other capital additions to either the sanitation, highway or police departments, including a $240,000 street sweeper. If all of the proposed costs are approved, the board will bond more than $1.6 million in one night, according to the meeting agenda.
Here is a look at the larger bond resolutions scheduled to go before the board:
- $240,000 - Highway Department - street sweeper.
- $50,000 - Highway Department - one ton dump truck.
- $300,000 - Sanitation Department - side loading garbage truck.
- $92,000 - Police Department - operations center.
- $400,000 - Town wide drainage
Click here for the complete list of proposed additions or projects.