Skaneateles: Sweeper eyed by highway super

Skaneateles Town Highway Superintendent Jim Card is hoping to purchase a street sweeper to add to the municipality's arsenal of large equipment.

Card presented the idea of purchasing a 1994 sweeper to the town board during their meeting on June 4. He has repeatedly rented the equipment from Cyncon Equipment Inc., a company near Rochester, to clean up the roadways in the town, at a cost of $8,500 a month.

He said he has received a letter from the supplier that if the highway department would like to purchase the sweeper they would credit the rent that has been paid toward the $20,000 cost. A brand new sweeper would cost approximately $100,000, Card said.

"And we don't need that," he added.

According to Supervisor Phil Tierney, unless there was an urgency to purchase the equipment, he would prefer to follow the budget process.

Budget Officer Bridgett Winkelman said the highway department has $267,567 in reserve funds. Despite the amount sounding like a lot of money, Winkelman said it can go very quickly.

"My theory is, it's probably the best buy you're going to get," Councilman Jim Greenfield said.

Winkelman said the board would have to post the information for 30 days before the board voted on the purchase as a permissive referendum. Tierney said he would like to get additional information and then post it.

"We could vote on authorizing the money to come out of the reserve fund," he said, adding the board needs something in writing as to the condition of the equipment, age and mileage. "We need to get a letter and then make it available for legal review. It's a good time to buy something like this because the prices are low."

Card said he will pay the rental and then "go from there." The cost of the equipment after the rental fee is credited would be $11,900. He foresees the sweeper lasting five to seven years, much like the last one he purchased.

The board approved the money to be transferred from the highway department's reserve fund in anticipation of making the purchase.

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