NORTH HURON – North Huron council authorized the purchase of two new half-ton trucks at the Nov. 15 council meeting, beginning to replace their aging fleet as recommended by the director of public works.
Jamie McCarthy approached council in October to ask for approval to buy the new vehicles as part of a 10-year fleet replacement schedule.
“The Public Works and Recreation Department use half ton trucks to complete a wide array of tasks and projects. Fleet numbers 05-47 and 07-14 (respectively) have exceeded their life expectancy as reported by staff previously in report PW-2021-30 Fleet Replacement Schedule,” said McCarthy’s report.
The trucks are replacing the 2005 and 2007 Chevy Silverado trucks currently in use by the township.
North Huron staff issued a tender to the industry requesting a gasoline-powered crew or super crew truck and an electric/hybrid crew or super crew truck. The tenders were reviewed following the procurement process.
Council awarded the purchase of a 2022 half-ton electric/hybrid truck to Trillium Ford Lincoln in Shelburne for use by the recreation department for $51,963.
The other truck, a 2022 half-ton gasoline truck for the public works department, will come from Leslie Motors at $48,110.
The trucks came in over budget, but councillors agreed that the cost-savings of having the new vehicles would be worth the extra $1,150.
Reeve Bernie Bailey spoke about the positive impact of switching to electric, especially on the environment, voicing his approval on North Huron doing its part to “save the world.”
“I think we should start thinking about what’s happening in our world, weather wise, I think electric is the way to go,” Bailey said. “We have to save the environment.”
Bailey also advised councillors to be mindful of the budget.
“I really don’t want to go into next years budget if I can help it, because with COVID and everything that’s been going on, and the loss of funding from different sources, we may wish we weren’t spending money on next year’s budget until we actually have a budget meeting,” he said.
He suggested that the township purchase only one truck, the hybrid until they could have the budget meeting or purchase two electric trucks, but councillors chose to approve McCarthy’s report as written.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times