North Huron council approves tender for new snowplow

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NORTH HURON – The Director of Public Works, Jamie McCarthy, submitted a request to North Huron council in Feb. 2021 to replace the tandem truck used for snow plowing.

Staff sent out a request for proposals to the industry. The tender closed with two submissions; McCarthy told council in a report.

After reviewing submissions for compliance and specifications, staff recommended Altruck International because it is a dealer located in Goderich. Their roadside service option provides flexibility and logistic familiarity.

Altruck International won the tender with a bid of $278,673 plus taxes.

The current snowplow will be sold, and the proceeds will be put into the public works reserves.

“Fleet truck #07-16 has met its useful life expectancy and has started to require higher maintenance costs,” McCarthy wrote. “This vehicle has been used to complete a wide variety of tasks and most important, to conduct winter maintenance throughout East Wawanosh and Blyth wards.”

The 2021 budget allocated a total of $300,000 for the tandem plow truck.

The total of $200,000 would be coming from Public Works reserves and $100,000 from taxation.

McCarthy also noted that the quotes came in under budget. Fewer funds will be taken from the reserve accounts, a savings of $16,422.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times