Salamanca City Council Eyes Equipment Upgrades

SALAMANCA – Aged equipment needs to be replaced from time to time. The members of the Salamanca City Common Council made sure to keep replenishment coming in, as well as buying new to save a few dollars in the future, at a recent meeting.

The city of Salamanca sits on the banks of the Allegheny River. From time to time, the need arises to perform some sort of water rescue, or other marine mission for the city fire department. That mission had been compromised with the deterioration and eventual breakage of the 1982 Mercury outboard motor on the department’s rescue boat. The propeller-driven outboard had outlived its useful life, resulting in what Ronald Ball, Ward 1 alderman, called a bad prop and motor.

To replace the traditional propulsion system, the department will be buying a new jet propulsion engine, at a price not to exceed $4,596.35.

“The jet boat motor is designed more for shallow water,” Ball said. “It will be able to get up and down the river better than the old motor could.”

Because of the cost, according to procurement policy, three bids had to be accepted for the purchase. Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella said an undisclosed company has offered a low bid of $4,444.

As with the old boat motor, some of the equipment used within city departments date back to the 1980s. The department of public works is facing the need to replace a truck from that era. A large city dump truck will need to be replaced according to Patrick Reed, public works superintendent. The new truck, an International cab and chassis, will be fitted with a plow and a dump box. According to Vecchiarella, the cab and chassis will cost $81,752 under Onondaga County Contract pricing. The plow and dump box outfitting will cost $66,521 under New York state bid contract, for a total of $148,000.

A final equipment purchase will be undertaken in an effort to save some money throughout the city, Vecchiarella said. In previous years, the city has contracted out stump cutting after a tree has been brought down. According to the mayor, that process could cost the city between $150 and $250 per tree. Under Reed’s recommendation, the city will solicit bids on purchase price of a new, heavy duty, self-propelled, diesel power and “high-performing” stump cutter.

“It would be more economical to own our own equipment,” Vecchiarella said.

Estimated cost of the piece is $30,000, according to Reed.