Council Approves $1 Million Bond For Snowplows

New London councilors approve measures to approve funds for three plows and two other Public Works vehicles

With supporters saying it was a matter of urgency and that it would not affect the uncertain city budget, the City Council approved a $1 million bond to replace five vehicles in the Department of Public Works.

The council voted 5-2 Monday to approve the measure to replace three 25-year-old snowplows. The bond will also allow for the replacement of a truck used to clear storm drains and sewers and a trailer used by the solid waste division.

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Council President Michael Passero said he was reluctant to support the bond on the eve of today’s referendum on a $42.3 million municipal budget and increased tax rate. However, he said he considered upgrading the plow fleet an urgent matter and said the bond would have no impact on the debt service.

“What we’re essentially doing is earmarking money that was approved by the previous council,” said Passero.

Tim Hanser, director of the Department of Public Works, said in a memo to Finance Director Jeff Smith that dozens of municipal vehicles are in need of upgrades at an estimated cost of $3,223,825. The vehicles include 17 in the Department of Public Works, six in general government, five in the New London Fire Department, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"new-london-fire-department-headquarters"} -->, and an unspecified number in the

Rick Lushay September 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM
If it is a 10 year lease then why is there a 1 million dollar bond required? that makes no sense. When the budget is voted down today and the mayor stops the snow plowing as he threatened it would seem that new snow plows are a waste of money if we are not going to plow or remove the snow.
Keith J Robbins September 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
What would it cost to bid out snow removal to private contractors?
Michael Hubbard September 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Wasn't there a 13 million dollar bond taken out a few years ago to upgrade and maintain the fleet? What happened with that? I believe the officials could do a better job of managing the finances we have instead of adding more debt.
Sue P. September 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Very good question and would be a great cost cutting idea. I think we could privatize a lot of services at half the cost.
Lisa Beth September 18, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I don't know if privatization is the right answer or not but I'm willing to give it shot. Who knows, with a sub-contractor they might actually put the plow blade down when they give my street a swipe. I might be able to get out of my driveway anyway.
Emily Kendall September 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
The cost to bid it out would be minimal, awarding the contracts would save millions. I would love to see all the possible services privatized and send the greedy out of town city workers looking for jobs in the towns that they live in.
Emily Kendall September 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Thomas, that is a great idea, please pitch that to the mayor, the savings would be huge.
ZIGGY September 18, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I say use some of the steel from the Pfizer building( that paid no taxes on for 10 years) for a snowplow


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