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Posted: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:20PM

New Vehicles Bought To Replace Aging Fleet



A few vehicle purchases have been made by the City of St. Joseph, including a new pumper fire engine. The City Commission voted Monday to borrow $655,000 from Chemical Bank to buy the fire engine. The loan at 1.19% interest will be paid off over three years. The truck replaces a vehicle bought back in 1983 which has logged 51,000 miles. The city will also buy a mini loader.

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Public Works Director Derek Perry says the mini loader costs $67,000. It can plow, haul, dump, and sweep. Perry says it can be utilized year round as opposed to the current Bobcats or other small plows the city owns. Two dump truck boxes were also bought for vehicles that haul trash and leaves.

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Perry expects to get 20 years out of the purchase. The city will also replace the public safety director's 2005 Ford Taurus, which has more than 100,000 miles on it, with a 2014 Ford Fusion. The purchase will be made from Siemans Ford in Bridgman.

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