Our Irish correspondent who so far as we know has never set foot in Cos Cob nonetheless found this article and sends it along: Bozrah (it’s a town in Connecticut, apparently) buys surplus truck from state for $900 and converts it to snowplow. Total cost, $28,000 vs. $150,000 new.
The town owns and maintains four large dump trucks for plowing and hauling. The vehicles require commercial licenses to drive, and cost in the range of $150,000 to $160,000 to buy new, Ballinger said.
“The town has never bought one of these things new, nor do we have any plans to do so in the future,” he said.
Besides being cost prohibitive, their use is limited mostly to winter plowing and some material hauling in the summer.
“Even if we could afford to buy new ones, that would not make sense economically,” he said.
Last fall, the town bought a used truck from the state that was in very good mechanical condition for $900. But it needed work on the frame, and the dump body needed replacing.
The town is using the mechanical skill of its public works employees to get the work done during regular work hours. Once complete, the replacement truck should last close to 10 years, Ballinger said.
Even with the purchase of a new dump body for $22,266, the cost of putting the vehicle into service will be less than $28,000, which is in line with what the town has paid for used vehicles, Ballinger said.
The work should be complete in several weeks.
The trucks have a limited life span because they operate in a very corrosive environment during the winter, causing rust and corrosion on top of wear and tear from plowing.
The economy has forced the town to use ingenuity and its own time and skills to find a solution.
I’m guessing Greenwich doesn’t do this.