Council votes down cemetery truck purchase

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

A majority of Richmond City Council voted down a measure to purchase a new dump truck for Richmond Memory Gardens at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The dump truck was destroyed by fire in an act of vandalism June 15, along with theft of materials from the cemetery’s maintenance shed.

City Administrator Ron Brohammer told council again last Tuesday he has been unable to find a “suitable replacement” – meaning a used dump truck – that would fall in line with the $14,000 insurance settlement for the totaled vehicle.  The administrator has asked the council once again if he could proceed by purchasing a new one-ton truck for approximately $25,000. The city salvaged the bed and hoist from the previous vehicle, which would also have an installation cost.

“I’ve contacted several other dealers to find one without much success. We really need to figure out the direction we’re going on this,” he said. Currently, the city is renting a truck when needed from Carmichael’s towing service.

Councilman Dave Powell asked if any of the city’s vehicle fleet could be used. Of the city’s 16 to 17 vehicles, Brohammer said there were five F350s, a size needed, but all were in use.

“I hate to see us over think this. We’ve tried to find something for more than a month,” councilman Rob Kinnard said.

“The constituents can view it like we’re really spending a lot of money on a truck that’s not going to be used very much,” councilman Tom Williams said after Kinnard’s comments.



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