Ross Commissioners Approve Upgrade of Salt Truck Fleet

The township will spend approximately $380,000 on the five new vehicles.

The Ross Township  Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of five new trucks for the Public Works Department. The total cost is approximately $380,000.

Four of the vehicles, two, 12-ton Peterbilt dump trucks and two, F-350 Pickup trucks will be used for plowing streets and spreading salt in the winter.

The fifth vehicle, a Chevy Silverado pickup truck will be used for park supervision and maintenance.

Public Works director Mike Funk told the commissioners the new equipment is sorely needed. 

"They will be replacing vehicles that were purchased in 1996, 2000 and 2001," said Funk. "Those vehicles were used well beyond their normal life expectancy."

Commissioner John Sponcer agreed.

"We all see the repair bills for these vehicles, they keep going up," he said. "At some point, these trucks have to be replaced."

Funk said the new equipment would be put to good use. 

"Our guys work very hard to keep the township roads clean, dry and safe," he said. "We've had few complaints, and I attribute that to the hard work by our drivers."

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